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Collaborative Justice Courts

  • Collaborative justice courts have a dedicated calendar and judge to address specific types of issues
  • California currently has more than 450 collaborative justice courts in all but three small jurisdictions
  • Adult drug court caseload sizes tend to be the largest of the collaborative justice courts and typically range from 74-100 participants.

Collaborative justice courts, also called problem-solving courts, promote accountability for youth and adults by combining judicial supervision with services and treatment to help them address the issues that led to their court involvement. Collaborative justice courts have a dedicated calendar and judge to address specific types of issues (e.g., mental health courts for those with mental illness, drug courts for those with a substance use disorder).

Types and Numbers of Collaborative Justice Courts in California
California currently has more than 450 collaborative justice courts in all but three small jurisdictions. California include adult drug courts (86), and adult mental health courts (50), veterans treatment courts (48), dependency drug courts (38), juvenile drug courts (27), juvenile mental health courts (11), homeless courts (19), adult reentry courts (18), and peer/youth courts (71). The balance of collaborative justice courts includes community courts, dual diagnosis courts, DUI courts, family law drug courts, truancy courts. Caseload sizes vary based on jurisdiction and case type. Adult drug court caseload sizes tend to be the largest of the collaborative justice courts and typically range from 74-100 participants.