Examples of collaborative justice courts are community courts, domestic violence courts, drug courts, DUI courts, elder abuse courts, homeless courts, mental health courts, reentry courts, veterans courts, and courts where the defendant may be a minor or where the child's welfare is at issue. These include dating/youth domestic violence courts, drug courts, DUI court in schools program, mental health courts, and peer/youth courts.
Collaborative justice courts-also known as problem-solving courts-promote accountability by combining judicial supervision with rehabilitation services that are rigorously monitored and focused on recovery.
Collaborative Justice Courts are distinguished by the following elements:
Collaborative justice key principles, as defined by the Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee, based on the National Association of Drug Court Professionals' (NADCP) 10 components described in "Defining Drug Courts: The Key Components," are as follows:
In January 2000, then Chief Justice Ronald M. George appointed the Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee to explore the effectiveness of such courts and advise the Judicial Council about the role of these courts in addressing complex social issues and problems that make their way to the trial courts. Formation of the committee expanded the scope of the Oversight Committee for the California Drug Court Project, which was appointed by Chief Justice George as of July 1, 1996, and continued until December 31, 1999. On August 3, 2000, the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators passed a resolution to support collaborative justice courts.
The Judicial Council’s Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee advises the Judicial Council regarding collaborative justice, or problem-solving, courts. It makes recommendations to the Judicial Council for developing collaborative justice courts, improving their processing of cases, and overseeing the evaluation of such courts throughout the state.
The mission of the Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee is to:
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Where to go if you need help. For courts and court related professionals, publications and resources are found regarding how to establish a collaborative justice court and apply the CJ principals. State and national resources are also listed.
Funding for adult, family, and juvenile drug courts. In addition funding for all collaborative justice court types in California by the Substance Abuse Focus Grant administered by the Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council of California.
California's Drug Court Cost Study. Also collaborative justice studies documenting the development of problem solving courts throughout the state.
To contact staff to the Judicial Council Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee, email CollaborativeJustice@jud.ca.gov