International Best Practice in Drug Courts

7 ARIZ. SUMMIT L. REV 481-505 (2014).

26 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2013 Last revised: 21 Jul 2014

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Liz Moore

University of Tasmania; Community Corrections

Date Written: August 26, 2013


This paper synthesises research undertaken during 2011 and 2012 as part of a Master of Criminology and Corrections including:

* insights and observations made during visits to 16 drug courts and associated programs worldwide; * interviews with practitioners and participants in the Hobart Court Mandated Diversion (CMD) program; * my own experience of working in CMD; and * an extensive global literature review.

The paper highlights drug court strengths including cost savings and benefits reported by participants and concludes that well-run drug courts are intelligent and effective investment of public money.

Keywords: Drug courts, therapeutic jurisprudence, evaluation, key components

Suggested Citation

Moore, Liz, International Best Practice in Drug Courts (August 26, 2013). 7 ARIZ. SUMMIT L. REV 481-505 (2014)., Available at SSRN: or

Liz Moore (Contact Author)

University of Tasmania ( email )

French Street
Sandy Bay
Tasmania, 7250

Community Corrections ( email )

Court Mandated Diversion
27 Liverpool Street
Hobart, Tasmania 7000

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