Referring to County Court drug and alcohol court pilot

Referring to County Court drug and alcohol court pilot

Thursday, 29 July 2021

We welcome the expansion of specialist, therapeutic courts in Victoria through the establishment of a new Drug Court division at the County Court, under the Justice Legislation Amendment (Drug Court and Other Matters) Act 2020.

The specialist County Court Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court (CCDATC) pilot has begun. Information about the eligibility criteria and the CCV DATC referral form and process can be found via the County Court’s website.

A DATO is an alternative to a custodial sentence or other community-based order where the participant meets the legislative criteria, including that they have plead guilty to the relevant offence(s).

Once your client is on a DATO, Victoria Legal Aid's specialist legal team working in the CCDATC will support your client for the duration of their order. The relevant Victoria Legal Aid Drug Court lawyer will represent your client at regular case conference and review hearings, providing specialist therapeutic legal services as part of the multi-disciplinary team. This is a similar service delivery model to the Drug Court in the Magistrates’ Court

More information

We have updated our website with detailed information about the process and corresponding fees.

If you have comments or questions about the pilot, please contact Naomi Newbound, Senior Lawyer, County Court Victoria Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court, by calling (03) 9280 3740 or emailing

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