Education and Resources


For size reasons, publication comes in two separate PDF files.

Applying Collaborative Justice Court Principles and Practices Faculty Guide, pages 1-114
Applying Collaborative Justice Court Principles and Practices Faculty Guide, pages 115-228

For a companion DVD, a video montage of various collaborative justice court types, please contact: Nancy Taylor, or Bonnie Pollard at:

For a companion DVD, please contact: Nancy Taylor, or Bonnie Pollard at:

Table of Contents and Preface (pp. 1-5)

Part One (pp. 6-21)

Part Two:
General (pp. 22-100  and pp. 101-187)

     A. Drugs (pp. 188-300  and pp. 301-410 )
     B. DUI (pp. 411-459
     C. Campus (pp. 460-461
     D. Mental Health (pp. 462-489  and pp. 490-611  (10 MB))
     E. Homeless (pp. 612-644
     F. Community (pp. 645-656
     G. Domestic Violence (pp. 657-702)

     H. Juvenile Drug (pp. 703-804
     I. Peer/Teen (pp. 805-862)

Family Dependency (pp. 863-908)

In April 2008, the California Administrative Office of the Courts (Renamed Judicial Council of California 08/2014) was awarded a grant by the State Justice Institute (SJI) to develop, pilot test and disseminate dependency drug court performance measures. Developed collaboratively with an advisory team consisting of representatives from the courts, California Drug Court Coordinators’ Work Group, Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, Department of Social Services, and the National Center for State Courts. Currently, the Judicial Council of California provides technical assistance to courts who wish to adopt these measures, or who wish to consult on implementing local performance measures in their dependency drug courts.

Read the SJI Final Report (September 2010)

A recent study examines the potential to apply specialized "problem-solving court" principles and practices more broadly throughout state court systems. Based on focus groups and interviews with 35 judges in California and New York, the study assesses which problem-solving court practices are transferable to general court calendars, the major barriers to transferability and how problem-solving methods may be more widely disseminated among judges and judicial leaders.

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Bureau of Justice Assistance
Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provides leadership and assistance in support of local criminal justice strategies to achieve safe communities. BJA's overall goals are to (1) reduce and prevent crime, violence, and drug abuse and (2) improve the functioning of the criminal justice system. To achieve these goals, BJA programs emphasize enhanced coordination and cooperation of federal, state, and local efforts. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues, and assist crime victims.

Center for Court Innovation
The Center for Court Innovation is a unique public-private partnership that is dedicated to enhancing the performance of courts and those whose work intersects with the courts. In performing this work, the Center's goals are to reduce crime, aid victims, strengthen communities and promote public trust in justice.

Justice Management Institute (JMI)
JMI provides services to courts and other justice system agencies throughout the United States and abroad. Its mission is to improve the overall administration of justice by helping courts and other justice system institutions and agencies by providing technical assistance, education and training, research, and information.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)
NADCP is the principal organization of professionals involved in the development, implementation, and operation of treatment-oriented drug courts. Its members include over 3,000 judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers and rehabilitation experts, law enforcement and corrections personnel, educators, researchers, and community leaders.

National Center for State Courts (NCSC)
NCSC is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of justice. The center accomplishes its mission by providing leadership and service to the state courts.

Problem-Solving Courts
For over a decade, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has studied problem-solving courts and provided hands-on assistance to states interested in setting up such courts.

National Drug Court Institute (NDCI)
Operating under the auspices of the NADCP, NDCI provides comprehensive training to practitioners, supports research and other investigative projects aimed at the development of more effective drug court policies and procedures, and disseminates a number of important drug court-specific publications.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
U.S. Department of Justice
An OJP bureau authorized to support research, evaluation, and demonstration programs, development of technology, and both national and international information dissemination.

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
White House office that establishes policies, priorities, and objectives for the nation's drug control program, the goals of which are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking; drug-related crime and violence; and drug-related health consequences.

Drug Court Clearinghouse and Technical Assistance Project
The Justice Programs Office of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University’s Drug Court Clearinghouse assists communities in developing effective drug court teams that utilize the ten key components of drug courts. The clearinghouse also collects, analyzes, and disseminates information to strengthen the effective operation of drug courts; works to increase communication; and provides comprehensive onsite technical assistance to grantees.

Other National Resources

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
This OJP bureau collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)
CASA's mission is to inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives, assess what works in prevention, treatment, and law enforcement; encourage every individual and institution to take responsibility to combat substance abuse and addiction; provide those on the front lines with the tools they need to succeed; remove the stigma of abuse and replace shame and despair with hope.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Contains specialized information centers to provide publications and other information services to the constituencies of each of the five U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs agencies and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NIDA's mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components: The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is to ensure the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve drug abuse and addiction prevention, treatment, and policy.

International Resources

International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence 
The International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence is designed to stimulate thought in the area of therapeutic jurisprudence. It serves internationally as a clearinghouse and resource center regarding therapeutic jurisprudence developments.