Drug Court

Successful Drug Court graduation marked with traditional Aboriginal dance

Spellbound. The only word which could describe the effect on everyone in the Parramatta Drug Court courtroom this month when a surprise traditional Aboriginal dance broke the hushed tones of the usual proceedings.

The successful completion of a proud Aboriginal man’s Drug Court Program was marked with a traditional Aboriginal dance by the community of The Glen, an Aboriginal specific rehabilitation centre on the NSW Central Coast.
In order to graduate from the Drug Court Program, a person must remain drug and crime free, stabilise their social and domestic environment, gain employment or be employment ready and be fiscally responsible.  

By the end of his Program this graduate, with assistance from The Glen, was able to obtain work, stable accommodation, repay financial debts and re-establish family relationships.

The Justice Health Clinical Nurse consultant said “the celebration witnessed a path travelled and a new path to independence, achieved with the support of his brothers in spirit”.

The objectives of the Drug Court are set out in Drug Court Act 1998:- 
to reduce the drug dependency of eligible persons,
to promote the re-integration of such drug dependent persons into the community,
to reduce the need for such drug dependent persons to resort to criminal activity to support their drug dependencies. 

2017 saw a record number  88 graduations across all Drug Courts - and this will probably be the most spectacular in 2018.