Defining Drug Courts
The Ten Key Components
Key Component #1: Drug Courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing.
Key Component #2: Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while
protecting participants’ due process rights.
Key Component #3: Eligible participants are identified early and promptly placed in the Drug Court program.
Key Component #4: Drug Courts provide access to a continuum of alcohol and other drug related treatment and rehabilitation services.
Key Component #5: Abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing.
Key Component #6: A coordinated strategy governs Drug Court responses to participant’s compliance.
Key Component #7: Ongoing judicial interaction with each drug court participant is essential.
Key Component #8: Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of program goals and gauge effectiveness.
Key component #9: Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective Drug Court planning, implementation, and operations.
Key Component #10: Forging partnerships among Drug Courts, public agencies, and community-based organizations generates local
support and enhances Drug court effectiveness.