Courts dedicated to drug and alcohol related offences are to be rolled out across New Zealand in 2018.
These specialised courts work with people through their journey of addiction, not just treat them as another cog in the justice system, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. That’s why he is exploring with various Ministries the benefits of making the courts a permanent fixture.
Two drug and alcohol courts have been trialled under the banner of Therapeutic Courts. “I really like them and what they achieve. I sat through a couple, one in Auckland and another in West Auckland. I’m now keen to see the evaluation of the pilot.”
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Published in Stuff on December 24, 2017