DRUG COURT TEAM
The drug court team consists of the Superior Court Judge, the prosecuting attorney, the Public Defender and private defense counsel, the State Probation Officer, the treatment program manager, treatment team coordinator and case manager.
The roles and responsibilities of the drug court team are:
- The Superior Court Judge coordinates, monitors and supervises the program. The Judge convenes the formal Drug Court session in each county once a week, imposes sanctions, and provides incentives.
- The District Attorney determines appropriate candidates for the drug court program and represents the State’s interest in the court and makes recommendations to the court on decisions affecting participants in the program.
- The Public Defender and private defense counsel represent the interests of the offenders in the drug court each week, and in the event legal problems arise during the course of their clients’ participation in the program.
- The State Probation Officer oversees drug screening, collects drug court fees, supervises participants, and attends court staffing sessions and court status meetings.
- The Program Manager supervises and coordinates all treatment activities including supervision of all treatment providers. As a member of the drug court team the program manager provides weekly updates to the drug court team and communicates with drug court team members as necessary.
The following are the communication mechanisms for the key players:
There are weekly staff meetings by the drug court team which are attended by the Judge, the District Attorney, the Public Defender, the State Probation Officer, the treatment coordinator, and the case manager. These meetings will be the means for preparing the weekly drug court sessions in each county. There will also be a monthly meeting, which will include the above named team members and the treatment providers. These meetings will be used to assess the status, needs, and progress of the participants, as well as any programmatic concerns or changes.