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Ireland. Courts Service. (2017) Courts Service annual report 2016. Dublin: Courts Service.

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P.23. Drug Treatment Court

The Drug Treatment Court provides a restorative justice alternative to a custodial sentence for persons with drug addiction who have pleaded guilty before, or have been convicted by, the District Court for minor, non-violent, criminal charges connected to their addiction.

 

There were 174 new participants referred to the court programme in 2016, the highest number since the programme commenced in 2001 and an increase of 77% on 2015. Five participants graduated at the highest (gold) level. Visitors to the court during the year included homeless rights campaigner Father Peter McVerry, Minister of State for Communities and National Drug Strategy Catherine Byrne, TD and Judge Katherine Kelly from the Drug Court Programme, San Francisco, United States.

 

P.41 Criminal

o 60% of orders in District Court relate to road traffic offences – little change from 2015

o 7,800 orders in respect of drink driving offences – an 8% increase on 2015, and an 8% decrease on

2014

o 13,127 orders in respect of drugs offences in District Court – a 6% increase on 2015

 

(For District Court, Circuit Court and juvenile crime statistics on drugs, driving and see page 63 – 65)

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