A nomination 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 nomination can also be made from the District Court at Cambelltown, Newcastle, Parramatta, Penrith and Sydney;
The offender must meet the criteria set out in the
Drug Court Act 1998 and the
Drug Court Regulations.
To be eligible for the Drug Court Program a person must:
be over 18 years of age
reside in the correct Local Government Areas of Canterbury-Bankstown, City of Blacktown, City of Campbelltown, City of Cessnock, City of Fairfield, City of Hawkesbury, City of Parramatta, City of Penrith, City of Sydney, Cumberland, Port Stephens and The Hills Shire;
be pleading guilty
be dependent on the use of illicit drugs
be highly likely to be sentenced to full time imprisonment
not be charged with violent or sexual assault offences
not be charged with an offence under Div 2 of Part 2 of
Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act.
A referral court contacts the Drug Court registry, by telephone, with a nomination for the ballot.
The following details are to be provided by the referring court.
Date of Nomination for ballot
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 faxed to referring courts on the same day.