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


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

  • 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 faxed to referring courts on the same day.