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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Queensland drug court program

 

Overview

The Drug court program aims to help offenders in Queensland overcome their drug dependence and associated criminal behaviour through court enforced and supervised rehabilitation programs. These courts deal specifically with the sentencing of people who are drug dependent and can demonstrate that their offence was committed to support their illicit drug use.

On referral to the Drug court program, the offender must be willing to undergo assessments by staff from Queensland Health and Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) to determine their suitability for rehabilitation. Once on an Intensive drug rehabilitation order (IDRO), a person must abide by the strict terms and conditions set by the Court including participation in treatment and QCS probation and parole directed rehabilitation programs.

There are drug courts in Beenleigh, Ipswich, Southport, Cairns and Townsville.

Abstract adapted from Queensland Health

Contacts

Queensland Courts Communications Unit
Email: Website.feedback@justice.qld.gov.au

Related publications

Payne J (2008)

The Queensland Drug Court: a recidivism study of the first 100 graduates.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

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Last updated: 5 March 2014
 
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