A nomination for the Parramatta Drug Court can be made from the Local and District Courts at Bankstown, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, Windsor, Ryde and Hornsby (depending on Police Local Area Command).
A nomination for the Hunter Drug Court can be made from the Local and District Courts at Belmont, Cessnock, East Maitland, Kurri Kurri, Maitland, Newcastle, Raymond Terrace and Toronto. The offender must meet the criteria set out in the
Drug Court Act 1998 and the
Drug Court Regulations.
A nomination for the Sydney Drug Court can be made from the Local and District Courts at the Downing Centre, Central, Newtown and Waverley.
To be eligible for the Drug Court Program a person must:
be over 18 years of age
reside in the correct Local Government Area (Reg 4) (Auburn, Bankstown, Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Cessnock, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Lake Macquarie, Liverpool, Maitland, Newcastle, Parramatta, Penrith or Port Stephens)
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.