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Snap Shot as of 1-1-2017

  • Treatment Courts: ?
  • Year Started: 2001

AODT Courts Summary

Scotland's first Drug Court was established in Glasgow Sheriff Court in October 2001 and a second pilot Drug Court was introduced in Fife in August 2002, making its first order on 9th September 2002. The Fife Drug Court was closed in 2013.  A Drug Court is aimed at offenders aged 21 years or older in respect of whom there is an established relationship between serious drug misuse and offending. The aim is to reduce drug use and drug-related offending in Scotland.

All Orders made by a Drug Court are subject to drug testing (urinalysis) and regular (at least monthly) review by the Drug Court Sheriffs. The Glasgow Drug Court has the Shrieval capacity to operate on 4 days a week, with 2 Sheriffs covering it on alternate weeks.

Other designated staff include Sheriff Clerks, court officers and, in Glasgow, a Procurator Fiscal and Co-ordinator. In a Drug Court a Supervision and Treatment Team was established to support the Drug Court in all aspects of assessment, supervision, treatment, testing and reports to the court.

Scotland News

BBC News

Drug court hears its first case

Scotland's first drug court has heard its first case on Monday.

The pilot project in Glasgow will give offenders with a history of addiction and drug-related crime the opportunity to change their lifestyle.

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Halsbury's Law Exchange

What can we learn from drug courts?

The introduction of drug courts in the UK has followed a slightly different trajectory to other jurisdictions, where drug courts filled an important gap in the range of community-based sanctions available to the courts to deal with drug-related crime.

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The Herald

Space shortage forces closure of drug court

ONE of Scotland's pioneering drug courts set up more than a decade ago to combat addiction-fuelled crime is to close. Fife Drug Court, which sits at Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline sheriff courts, will hear cases for the last time on Friday.

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Useful Resources

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