health, and domestic violence specialized docket programs within common
pleas and municipal courts are among the programs that have received
final certification from the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on
Twenty-three specialized dockets have been approved.
There are more than 150 specialized dockets in
Ohio courts that bring together court and treatment personnel to work
collaboratively to assist defendants with treatment instead of prison
for issues such as drugs, alcohol, and mental health. The success of
specialized dockets is measured by reduced recidivism, improved
treatment, and cost savings.
certification was approved after the local courts submitted an
application, were evaluated during a site visit, and provided specific
program materials in response to certification standards that went in to
effect in January 2013. Required practices outlined in the
certification process include establishing eligibility requirements,
evaluating effectiveness of the specialized docket, and assembling a
treatment team for implementing daily operations of the specialized
docket. The team can include licensed treatment providers, law
enforcement, court personnel, other local agency staff, and is headed by
the specialized docket judge.
The Commission on Specialized Dockets
has 22 members who advise the Supreme Court and its staff regarding the
promotion of statewide rules and uniform standards concerning
specialized dockets in Ohio courts; the development and delivery of
specialized docket services to Ohio courts; and the creation of training
programs for judges and court personnel. The commission makes all
decisions regarding final certification.
Content courtesy of Court News Ohio.