How does the Drug Court take referrals from District and Local Courts?

A referral for the Drug Court can be made from the Local Courts at Bankstown, Belmont, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Central, Cessnock, Downing Centre, Fairfield, Kurri Kurri, Liverpool, Maitland, Mount Druitt, Newcastle, Newtown, Parramatta, Penrith, Raymond Terrace, Toronto, Waverly and Windsor.

A referral can also be made from the District Court at Campbelltown, East Maitland, Newcastle, Parramatta, Penrith and Sydney; 

The offender must meet the criteria set out in the Drug Court Act 1998 and the Drug Court Regulations. 

Find out who is eligible to partipate in the Drug Court program.

A referral court contacts the Drug Court registry, by telephone, with a referral for the ballot.

The following details are to be provided by the referring court.

  • Date of Nomination for ballot
  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Gender
  • CNI Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Last know full residential address
  • Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander Status
  • Charge (H Number/s)
  • Referring Court and Contact Name

If the offender does not live in the Drug Court's catchment area, the referring court is advised that the referral cannot be accepted.  Offenders can only be placed in the current ballot and not in any future ballots.

The electronic ballot takes place every Thursday at Parramatta and Sydney and every Monday at Hunter Drug Court.

The ballot results are sent to referring courts on the same day.


Last updated:

05 Aug 2020

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