The committee makes recommendations to the Judicial Council on criteria for identifying and evaluating collaborative justice courts and for improving the processing of cases in these courts, which include drug courts, domestic violence courts, youth courts, and other collaborative justice courts.
Date Established: January 1, 2002
Key projects of this advisory body are outlined in the annual agenda.
The advisory committee is comprised of superior court judges, court executives, advocates, subject matter experts, and advisory staff from the Judicial Council and reports directly to the Judicial Council of California. Members are appointed by the Chief Justice for a one-year term. The current membership term runs until October of this year.
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Ms. Nancy Taylor, Lead Staff, Principal Manager, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Judicial Council of California
Collaborative justice courts, sometimes referred to as problem-solving courts,
combine judicial supervision with intensive social and treatment services to offenders in lieu of jail or prisons. 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. There are over 450 collaborative justice courts operating in California, with a collaborative court in nearly every jurisdiction.
The Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee is chaired by Judge Richard Vlavianos, Superior Court of San Joaquin County. Per rule 10.56 of the California Rules of Court, the committee comprises at least five judicial officers, a judicial administrators, a district attorney, a law enforcement representative, a public defender, a treatment providers, a probation officer, one treatment court-coordinator, a treatment court graduate and a public member.
The mission of the Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee is to do the following:
Several committee projects have been developed to achieve these goals. Outreach and education activities include sponsoring annual conferences for peer and youth courts, drug and mental health courts, and homeless courts; developing internship programs for law school and social work students in collaborative courts throughout the state; and providing judicial education curricula in collaborative justice, mental health courts, DUI projects, and veterans' court programs. Research and evaluation projects include evaluations of mental health courts and parolee reentry courts, as well as a cost-benefit study of California's adult drug courts and the implementation of a web- based cost self-assessment tool that is available to drug courts interested in identifying their own costs and benefits.
The committee also makes funding allocation recommendations for the distribution of the Judicial Council Collaborative Justice Substance Abuse Focus Grant; assists local collaborative justice courts in grant and funding development; and co- administers state drug court funding with the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. The committee promotes the institutionalization, expansion, and enhancement of collaborative justice courts throughout the state by providing policy guidance to the Judicial Council and by establishing linkages with justice system partners at the state and local level.
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