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The Substance misuse assessment and referral for treatment (SMART) court hears criminal matters in the Magistrates Court or the Youth Justice Court in the Northern Territory where the offender has committed an offence and has a history of serious substance use. The SMART court is able to issue bans on the consumption of alcohol and other drugs, and mandate treatment orders after a person is found guilty of an offence.
Offenders that have committed violent or sexual offences will not be eligible for referrals to the SMART court.
The SMART court has the power to:
The offender must appear regularly before the SMART court to monitor their progress and if required, review the conditions of the SMART order. The offender is also required to appear before the SMART court on the completion of the SMART order for sentencing or reconsideration of the suspended sentence.
Abstract adapted from the Northern Territory Government
Northern Territory Alcohol Reform
Ph: 1800 131 634