Drug and specialist courts review: Prepared for: Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Arie Freiberg, Jason Payne, Karen R Gelb, Anthony Morgan, Toni Makkai

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearch


The Drug and Specialist Courts Review (the Review) has been commissioned to develop options for the reinstatement of a drug court in Queensland and the development of an overarching framework for Queensland’s specialist courts and court programs.The Review was initiated in response to the Queensland Palaszczuk Government’s election commitment to reinstate specialist courts and diversionary programs defunded under the former LNP Government, including the former Murri Court, the Special Circumstances Court Diversion Program and the Drug Court as soon as fiscally practicable. Funding of $8.7 million was committed for this purpose over four years commencing in 2015–16.Until it ceased operation, the former Queensland Drug Court operated in five court locations across Queensland (Beenleigh, Ipswich and Southport in South East Queensland and Cairns and Townsville in North East Queensland) as a post-sentence option. It operated under the Drug Court Act 2000, which was repealed in 2013.The Review is aimed at ensuring options for the reinstated Drug Court are evidence-based, cost-effective and reflect modern best-practice in relation to drug-related offending. The Review has also considered how the current suite of court programs might be improved to enhance their operation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrisbane QLD Australia
PublisherQueensland Courts
Commissioning bodyDepartment of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) (Queensland)
Number of pages318
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016


  • Drug Court model
  • Queensland

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