The Los Angeles Superior Court has taken problem-solving courts to a new level by combining collaborative courts for defendants with multiple issues. The new Community Collaborative Courts address the needs of multiple at-risk and vulnerable populations, including: veterans, the mentally ill, the homeless, substance abusers, and at-risk youth who have aged out of the foster-care system.
Collaboration Key to Program Success
Although the new program is limited for now to four judges presiding over cases in four different courthouses in Los Angeles County, qualifying cases in other parts of the county can be transferred to one of the four locations.
In addition, the court is a collaboration of many justice partners, including the: District Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff, Probation Department, Department of Mental Health, Department of Health Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles City Attorney, and the Los Angeles Police Department.
About Collaborative Courts
Collaborative justice courts, also known as problem-solving courts, combine judicial supervision and rehabilitation services to improve outcomes for offenders and reduce repeat offenses. California is a leader in supporting these specialty courts, and many counties have created their own drug courts, mental health courts, or homeless courts to deal with these at-risk defendants.