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Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court pilot

This page provides information about the AODT Court

About the AODT Court pilot

The AODT Court is a pilot designed to supervise offenders whose offending is driven by their alcohol or other drug (AOD) dependency. The AODT Court focuses on treating a defendant’s AOD dependency to help prevent them from committing further crime.

The AODT Court pilot aims to:

  • reduce reoffending
  • reduce alcohol and other drug use and dependency
  • reduce the use of imprisonment
  • positively impact on the defendant’s health and wellbeing, and
  • be cost-effective.

People who are selected for the AODT Court and agree to take part will have their case put on hold prior to sentencing to allow them to enter an intensive treatment programme for their AOD dependency (or moderate to severe addiction). This is not an easy option – the programme takes commitment and the defendant will still be sentenced for their crime. If their participation in the addiction treatment programme is successful, this can be taken into account when they are sentenced.

The AODT Court Pilot will sit weekly in both Waitakere and Auckland District Courts and will cater for around 100 participants per year (50 in each court).

The court is aimed at defendants who suffer from an AOD addiction or dependency and their offending has been driven by this. It provides selected defendants the opportunity to participate in an AOD treatment programme prior to sentencing.

The court will focus on treating the cause of the offending rather than the offending itself and aims to reduce reoffending as result.

Formative evaluation

The Ministry of Justice commissioned this formative evaluation of the AODT Court pilot in the Auckland and Waitakere District Courts one year after its commencement in November 2012.

The formative evaluation has drawn on observations, interviews with stakeholders and participants in both courts, and administrative data related to the pilot.

Interim Process Evaluation

The Interim Process Evaluation began in early 2015 after the AODTC had been in operation for over two years. The purpose of this evaluation was to describe how the AODTCs are working in practice, including how processes have developed since the formative evaluation. It has drawn on observations of the AODT Court, interviews with the AODT Court Team, wider stakeholders, participants and their whānau and administrative data.

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