Drug Court Team
Brunswick Judicial Circuit Drug Court
Drug Court Program
DRUG COURT TEAM
The drug court team consists of the Superior Court Judge, Drug Court Coordinators, Drug Court Prosecutor, Drug Court Defense Attorney, Law Enforcement Liaison, Public Defender, Probation Officer, Treatment Provider/Case Manager.
The roles and responsibilities of the drug court team are:
- The Superior Court Judge: coordinates monitors and supervises the program. The Judge convenes the formal Drug Court session in each county once a week, imposes sanctions, and provides incentives.
- The Court Coordinators: oversees the Drug Court Program under the direction of the Drug Court Judge. Coordinators are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the treatment process of the Drug Court Program. Additionally, the Coordinators are responsible for preparing and managing a data management information system and generally operating the therapeutic/counseling component within budget guidelines established by the Judge.
- The Drug Court Prosecutor: participates in the referral process by referring appropriate candidates for the drug court program while representing the State's interest in the court and makes recommendations to the court on decisions affecting participants in the program.
- The Drug Court Defense Attorney and private defense counsel: represent the interests of the offenders in the drug court each week, and in the event legal problems arise during the course of their clients' participation in the program.
- Law Enforcement: is involved in the status review meetings/staffing, and court sessions when possible. As the leader in the Community Policing team, he/she will be provided with a list of Drug Court Participants to facilitate home curfew/4th Amendment waiver checks. Law enforcement will conduct home visits of participants to raise the level of accountability for each participant in the program.
- The State Probation Officer: oversees drug screening, collects drug court fees, supervises participants, and attends court staffing sessions and court status meetings.
- Treatment Provider: to maintain a participant caseload including maintaining participant files, leading groups, monitoring participant compliance, attending staff meetings to assess participant progress/compliance, drug court sessions, drug screens and overseeing the development and updating of all clinical educational curriculum consistent with the goals of the program.