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Specialty Courts: Alternative route to justice

  • December 4, 2013

In certain circumstances, there might be traffic of cases in a court that require the attention of judges within a limited period of time. In an attempt to administer justice within the stipulated time, the jury is at times forced to come with temporary platforms known as specialty courts. Similar to the normal courts, they consist of judges, defense attorneys, probation officers and prosecutors. Unlike the common courts, however, the procedures included in these courts are more practical and less formality is involved. To make handling of emergency cases easier, specialty courts are often divided into four major categories; Drug court, Mental Health court, DWI Court and Re-entry court.

Mental Health court handles cases of those who have MHMR complications and cannot therefore effectively be handled in normal courts. Although not common like the other types of specialty courts, it is considered one of the most effective routs to justice for those who might be feigning illnesses. Instead of throwing these cases, which is very common, they are handled by special agents with perfect understanding of psychology. Drug court, on the other hand, deals with first time offenders who do not bear previous criminal records. Since these are individuals who can change when allocated special attention, these courts enroll them in a refilling program after which the case might be dismissed coupled with numerous follow ups.

Re-entry courts are yet other justice platforms in this category. It is specially designed for those drug users who have agreed to be enrolled in rehabilitation programs. It majorly aims at providing further reinforcements to the rehabilitation centers so as to avoid cases of relapse. Finally, there are the DWI Courts for those defendants whose cases are considered not to have risen to the felony level. In this specialty court, they are given more attention in a bid to prevent them from reaching the felony level. It is however of importance to note that specialty courts differ from one local jurisdiction to the other, depending on the judges and cases involved.