Treatment Courts Around the World

On this page you will find a listing of individual Treatment Courts for specific countries.  Click on the country's name listed below and it will take you to the appropriate section. Be sure to check back often as we will be updating this page.

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Solution-Focused/Specialist Courts and Specialist Court Programs in Australia

Listed By State / Territory

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



(Generally- See Here)

  • Drug Court (3 sites)
  • Family Drug Treatment Court (Marram-Ngala Ganbu (We Are One) - Koori Family Hearing Day)
  • Mental Health Court Liaison Service
  • Koori (Indigenous) Court 
  • Neighbourhood Justice Centre (Community Court)
  • Court Integrated Services Program (CISP - 3 Sites)  CISP recently received funding for an additional 17 staff to commence in July 2018. These will be located at courts with the highest demand for the program. Amongst the new positions will be additional Koori case manager roles.  This amounts to increase of around 80% and will result in almost the entire State having a CISP presence.  CROP (CISP Remand Outreach program)  Trialing new approaches to supporting accused persons who are on remand and applying for bail
  • Assessment and Referral Court List (ARC) The ARC List, which commenced at Melbourne in 2010, has received funding to allow it to expand to two additional locations. Funding includes provision for additional magistrates, registrars, case managers, prosecutors and VLA. The first expansion site is due to commence in January 2018, and the second in July 2018.  ARC works in collaboration with CISP

Western Australia



Solution-Focused/Specialist Courts and Specialist Court Programs in Canada

Listed By Province


Grace Froese, Edmonton Drug Treatment Court Executive Director.

Arla Liska, National Executive Director: Calgary Drug Treatment Court


Sharon Lockhart, Probation Officer and DTC Manager
Drug Treatment Court of Vancouver & CADTCP British Columbia Representative.


Jeremy Akerstream, DTC Prosecutor & CADTCP Manitoba Representative


Kara Andrews, DTC Manger: Nova Scotia DTC


Allison Radoslovich, DTC Manager

Robin Cuff, DTC Manager, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Andrew Mendes
Mayhew, Ruth, DTC Manager


Judie Birns, DTC Manager, Regina DTC

New Zealand

Solution-Focused/Specialist Courts and Specialist Court Programs in New Zealand

Listed By Court Specialty

By Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue, The New Zealand Law Society, March 31, 2017

Te Kooti Rangatahi (Youth) – Rangatahi Courts  Started in 2008, the 14 Rangatahi and two Pasifika courts involving eight judges are mainly marae-based sentencing hearings within the Youth Court that use culturally adapted processes to reconnect young offenders with their cultural identity. Kaumatua (elders) and kuia (female elders) are heavily involved in holding young people to account.

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court/Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua (The House that Lifts the Spirits) A pre-sentence initiative piloted in Waitakere and Auckland, under a five-year Government-funded, fully evaluated, pilot. Designed to achieve better outcomes for serious offenders whose offending is driven by an unresolved dependency but who also have a high risk of non-compliance. The stated aims of the pilot are to reduce reoffending and the use of imprisonment, reduce consumption and dependency, positively impact on health and wellbeing, and be cost effective.

Family Violence Court Eight District Courts schedule block sittings of family violence cases so appropriate social services, support and programs are concentrated to be on hand to connect with families, under court guidance.

Special Circumstances Court  Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou, Court of New Beginnings in Auckland – Began in 2010 for homeless people who have some degree of impaired decision-making capacity. Takes a non-adversarial, coordinated, inter-agency approach to addressing the legal, social and health-related issues that have led to offending and homelessness. The Special Circumstances Court in Wellington began in 2012 using the same model. (Click HERE to watch a video and learn more about the court.)

Matariki Court  A process used since 2010 at Kaikohe District Court for adult offenders using section 27 of the Sentencing Act to allow the court to hear about an offender’s personal circumstances and cultural background, and also how whanau (family) may assist in the prevention of further offending.

Sexual Violence Court  An initiative to pilot new court processes in all serious cases of sexual violence proceeding to jury trial in the Auckland and Whangarei District Courts from December 2016. The pilot aims to take simple, practical steps that help cohesive and consistent application of existing law. To reduce delays and improve the court experience for participants, it will apply pro-active, best-practice trial management and also improve judicial education. Central to the initiative is an education program on sexual violence for trial judges, and Best Practice Guidelines developed by the pilot’s governance board to drive tighter pre-trial case management.