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MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Drug Court

MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Drug Court

Date & TimeMonday 18 October 2021 4.30–6pm
Format Webinar
Price

Member

$0.00

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$0.00

CPD Units 1.5
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
Venue Online, Digital Delivery View Map

As part of its court operations, MCV provides a number of specialist courts and programs that aim to improve outcomes for court users and the community. MCV’s Drug Court provides offenders with a drug and/or alcohol dependency the option to undertake a drug and alcohol treatment order (DATO) in lieu of serving a sentence. Support from case managers, clinical advisors, alcohol and drug counsellors, the police and Victoria Legal Aid is central in assisting participants achieve treatment and recovery goals. In this session, learn about the process of referring clients, why Drug Court (DC) is so important and the delivery of justice in this space.

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Drug Court - Monday 18 Oct
    • 4:20 PM Webinar Launch
      The webinar will launch ten minutes before the event begins. It is recommended that you log in a few minutes early to test your settings and familiarise yourself with webinar features.
    • 4:30 PM Opening & Welcome
      Chair: Tania Wolff, President, Law Institute of Victoria
    • 4:35 PM Judging in a Therapeutic Way

      In this session, the Drug Court’s supervising magistrate, Magistrate Suzie Cameron, discusses the creation of the Drug Court (DC), including its history, key expectations of practitioners, what is important and why (key documents).

      Her Honour explains key differences from other courts, where sentencing is not simply about the offending, it’s about why they are offending. Case studies relating to the life-changing impact of the Court and plans for the future will be outlined.

      Next, Drug Court Victoria manager Rachael Hopkins discusses:

      • the referrals process
      • the process of a DATO
      • the different roles of people involved, including case managers, clinical advisors, and alcohol and drug counsellors
      • how lawyers can best work within the Drug Court

      Presenters:

      • Magistrate Suzie Cameron, Supervising Magistrate of Drug Court
      • Rachael Hopkins, Manager, Drug Court Victoria
    • 5:15 PM Short Break
    • 5:20 PM Specialist Lawyering

      In this session, senior lawyer Bill Grimshaw discusses Drug Court best practice. He also defines the role of case managers, clinical advisors, and alcohol and drug counsellors, and addresses how preparation and advocacy can be adapted to suite the nuances of work in this sector.

      Presenter: Bill Grimshaw, Senior Lawyer, Melbourne Drug Court, Victoria Legal Aid; Criminal Law Accredited Specialist

    • 5:40 PM Q&A Forum
    • 6:00 PM Webinar Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    About the Drug Court

    The Magistrates' Court of Victoria’s Drug Court (DC) sits at venues in Dandenong and Melbourne. It provides offenders with a drug and/or alcohol dependency the option to undertake a drug and alcohol treatment order (DATO) in lieu of serving a sentence. The intensive, integrated drug treatment program is judicially supervised and provides a therapeutic response to address the underlying causes of drug addiction. Structured to promote honesty, accountability and a change in participants’ behaviour, DATO non-compliance attracts swift and significant consequences, including jail. The supervision of the participant is the responsibility of a Drug Court Magistrate. Support from case managers, clinical advisors, alcohol and drug counsellors, the police and Victoria Legal Aid is central in assisting participants achieve treatment and recovery goals.

    About the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series

    As part of its court operations, MCV provides a number of specialist courts and programs that aim to improve outcomes for court users and the community. Many of those who come before the court are assessed to have underlying mental health or substance abuse issues, social or cultural disadvantage, or a disability. Our specialist courts and programs are solution focused. They use the opportunity of an individual’s participation in the justice system to prevent offending, improve wellbeing and increase community safety.

    The LIV in partnership with the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, will provide information, resources and CPD about all the specialist courts and programs available at MCV that will ensure all practitioners are up to date and prepared when appearing in each Court, including client eligibility, referral process, what is expected of practitioners and best practice.

    MCV Specialist Courts & Programs Learning Hub

    The Magistrates' Court Specialist Courts & Programs Learning Hub is designed to complement the CPD series and contains additional information on the Court's specialist courts and programs, including links to online resources, fact sheets, key cases and LIJ articles, as well as recordings of past sessions. Access this free resource here.

  • Presenters

    Magistrate Suzie Cameron, Supervising Magistrate of Drug Court

    Magistrate Suzie Cameron was appointed to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria in 2009 and as the Supervising Magistrate of the Drug Court Division in 2020. She previously held the position of Supervising Magistrate for the Court’s criminal jurisdiction. Her appointment to the Magistrates’ Court followed a long career in criminal practice after her admission in 1991, including as a sole practitioner. Magistrate Cameron is a passionate advocate for Drug Court and describes her work with participants and the multi-disciplinary team as the most rewarding of her career.

    Rachael Hopkins, Manager, Drug Court Victoria

    Rachael Hopkins is the general manager of the Magistrates' Court of Victoria Drug Court. Prior to this appointment, she worked as the senior project and policy officer with Court Support and Diversion Services, leading the Magistrate Court of Victoria submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Prior to working at Court Services Victoria, Rachael was the acting principal lawyer at Fitzroy Legal Service; she was a senior criminal lawyer with Victoria Legal Aid for seven years.

    Bill Grimshaw

    Bill Grimshaw, Senior Lawyer, Melbourne Drug Court, Victoria Legal Aid; Criminal Law Accredited Specialist

    Bill is a senior lawyer in Victoria Legal Aid’s Melbourne Drug Court team.

    Bill has been practising since 2006, mostly in criminal law; he has worked for VLA, in private practice, and as the principal lawyer of a community legal centre.

    Bill became an LIV Accredited Specialist in criminal law in 2014.

     

  • Registration, Pricing & Webinar Information

    Registration Information

    Online registrations close 12 hours before the webinar begins. If you would like to book after online registration has closed, please contact the events team on 03 9607 9473 or register@liv.asn.au.

    Full Pricing Details

    Member price: Free
    Non-member price: Free

    Webinar Details

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