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​Court programs

A number of Local Court-based programs and interventions address risk factors for re-offending and aim to break the cycle of substance abuse and crime.

The Drug Court of NSW

The Drug Courts are specialist courts dealing with offenders who are dependent on drugs. Eligible offenders are referred to Drug Court by the Local Court, and into a program that is designed to address underlying drug dependence that has resulted in criminal behaviour.

Find out more on the Drug Court website.

Forum Sentencing

Forum Sentencing is a court-referred restorative justice program that provides an opportunity for victims to participate directly in the justice process and for an offender to address and repair harms caused by their crime.

Find out more on the Forum Sentencing website.

Life on Track

Life on Track is a case management service that offers person-centred support, primarily aimed at defendants with a medium to high risk of re-offending. The program provides assistance to identify and address the broad range of issues that may contribute to a defendant's likelihood of re-offending.

Find out more on the Life on Track website.

Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment

Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment is a program that targets adult defendants with illicit drug use problems who are motivated to undertake drug treatment.

Find out more on the MERIT website.