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Specialty Courts

Drug Court

The Douglas County Adult Drug Court Program operates under the jurisdiction of Douglas County Circuit Court. This program was implemented on January 17, 1996. Drug court is an intensive court monitored treatment program that combines alcohol/drug treatment with judicial oversight using a collaborative team approach.

The Drug Court Program serves as a felony diversion and post-conviction program. Diversion eligible participants will have the criminal charges upon which they entered the program dismissed if they successfully complete the program, pay the required drug court fee, and pay all supervision fees. Some participants may be referred and accepted into the program as a condition of probation or at the time of sentencing. Those participants’ criminal charges will not be eligible for dismissal. Program capacity is 65 active participants.

The Drug Court Program is located at 1036 SE Douglas Ave, Justice Building in Courtroom 304. Drug Court status hearings are conducted weekly at 8:30 am on Monday and Thursday.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT)

RSAT is a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program that is operated by the jail and is a sentencing option for qualifying cases where the underlying issues are drug related and there is a minimum of 180 days of jail. RSAT is a 120-180 day jail program. Upon successful completion of RSAT, the participant will then enter into the Drug Court Program as an aftercare program. RSAT graduates are expected to follow the same rules and requirements as Drug Court.

The RSAT program is located in the Jail; the RSAT aftercare is located at 1036 SE Douglas Ave, Justice Building in Courtroom 304. RSAT aftercare status hearings are conducted weekly at 8:30 am on Monday and Thursday.

Mental Health Court (MHC)

The Douglas County Mental Health Court began on August 19th, 2014, with Judge Randolph Garrison and operates under the jurisdiction of the Douglas County Circuit Court. The Douglas County Mental Health Court provides court oversight and a collaborative team approach to connect participants to mental health services and monitor progress.

The Douglas County Mental Health Court is a special Pre and Post sentencing alternative through the criminal justice system for people with mental illness accused of committing a crime. Participants will be placed on supervised probation for 18-36 months depending on the offense for which they are sentenced. Some participants may be eligible to have their cases dismissed upon successful completion of Mental Health Court unless they enter Mental Health Court on a probation violation.

The Mental Health Court Program is located at 1036 SE Douglas Ave, Justice Building in Courtroom 402. Mental Health Court hearings are held weekly on Tuesdays at 10:30 am.

Domestic Violence (DV) Court

The Douglas County Domestic Violence Court (DV Court) operates under the jurisdiction of the Douglas County Circuit Court. DV Court is a court monitored Batterer’s Intervention Program. Entry into the program is based on sentencing on a Domestic Violence related charge where the defendant is sentenced to complete a State Certified Batterer’s Intervention Program which can take up to 52 weeks to complete. Participant’s progress is monitored monthly.

Domestic Violence Court Program is located at 1036 SE Douglas Ave, Justice Building in Courtroom 304 on the first Monday of the month at 4:00 P.M.

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