Drug Court

What is the Drug Court?

The Victorian Drug Court is a division of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria that provides for the sentencing and supervision of the treatment of offenders with a drug and/or alcohol dependency who have committed an offence under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to support a drug or alcohol habit.

The Victorian Drug Court initiative is a response to the failure of traditional criminal justice measures to adequately address drug use and related offending. The Victorian model has attempted to incorporate the best features of existing drug courts in order to establish a unique program addressing the specific needs of Victoria.

Drug courts have been established in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. There are now over 2000 drug courts spread over all 50 states of the USA, and they also exist in Canada, Ireland, Scotland and England. The Victorian Drug Court represents a fundamental shift in the way in which the Magistrates’ Court of Victorian has previously dealt with drug offenders.

The Drug Court seeks to further improve the safety of the community by focusing on the rehabilitation of offenders with a drug or alcohol dependency and providing assistance in reintegrating them into the community. The Victorian Drug Court commenced in May 2002.

Drug Court Locations

Dandenong Magistrates' Court
35 Pultney Street
Dandenong 3175
Tel: (03) 9767 1344

Melbourne Magistrates' Court
233 William Street
Melbourne 3000
Tel: (03) 8615 3889 

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