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Ireland. Courts Service. (2018) Courts Service annual report 2017. Dublin: Courts Service.

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Drug Treatment Court p. 24


The Drug Treatment Court (DTC) continues to provide 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 108 participants referred to the DTC programme in 2017. The programme comprises three stages – bronze, silver and gold. Ten participants graduated at the gold level during the year, the highest number in any one year since the programme commenced in 2001. This indicates that they have completed all stages of the programme, are not using any non-prescribed drugs and are either working or enrolled on a course. At year end, there were 26 participants on the bronze phase, 11 on the silver phase and 12 on the gold phase.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
Harm reduction, Crime prevention
July 2018
136 p.
Courts Service
Corporate Creators
Ireland. Courts Service
Place of Publication
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)
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