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Collaborative Courts Save Lives

Collaborative justice courts, also known as problem-solving courts, promote accountability by combining judicial supervision with rigorously monitored rehabilitation services and treatment in lieu of detention. Collaborative justice principles include a multidisciplinary, nonadversarial team approach with involvement from the court, attorneys, law enforcement, and community treatment and service agencies to address offenders’ complex social and behavioral problems. Collaborative courts follow a model based on the Ten Key Components of Drug Courts; however, each court operates in a slightly different way with varying eligibility criteria, requirements, length, types of sanctions and incentives, services provided, and graduation criteria. Collaborative courts typically focus on high risk/high needs cases and utilize evidence-based practices.

Watch “Drug Court: The Beginning” to learn about the history of Collaborative Courts.


Collaborative Courts in California


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