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Ireland. Courts Service. (2019) Courts Service annual report 2018. Dublin: Courts Service.

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Drug Treatment Court:
The Drug Treatment Court (DTC) continued 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 95 participants referred to the DTC programme in 2018. The programme comprises three stages – bronze, silver and gold. Six participants graduated at the gold level during the year. 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 10 on the gold phase. Dublin Gaelic footballer Philly Mc Mahon visited the DTC on 19th September to observe proceedings as part of a documentary broadcast on RTE television in October. He was also the guest speaker at the Drug Court Graduation that same day. He interviewed the DTC judge about the ethos and approach of the court and spoke with one of the participants about his efforts to succeed at the programme.

Drug offenses data:
P.84 Criminal Business: District Court
P.85 Summary offences: Outcomes: orders made : District Court
Indictable offences dealt with summarily: Outcomes: orders made: District Court
P.86 Juvenile crime: orders made: District Court
P.87 Offences: Circuit Court
Offences: outcomes following convictions : Circuit Court
P.88 Appeals from District Court: Circuit Court
P.97 Appeals - Incoming (By court of origin) : Court of Appeal categories
P.98 Appeals - Resolved (By court of origin): Court of Appeal
Appeals - Resolved (By offence) : Court of Appeal


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