Court diversion programs

Further information

There are certain diversionary programs that deal with specific types of offending, such as drug-related or family and domestic violence offences, which may help keep people out of prison.

Court Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS)

The Department's Court Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS) plays a big part in supporting people in Perth's Drug Courts.

CATS team members work with two different groups of offenders – young people at the Children's Court Drug Court and adults at the Perth Drug Court.

People who have broken the law because of their drug use can ask to take part in the Drug Court program.

The CATS team will then see if they are suitable and, if they are placed on a program, team members will support them through the program and keep an eye on how they are going.

The CATS team works closely with the Drug Courts, writing assessment, progress and final sentencing reports.

Offenders who take part in the Drug Court program:

  • have to plead guilty to all charges
  • have to admit they have a substance-abuse problem
  • have to want to, and be able to, take part in specialist treatment programs
  • are given a chance to deal with their drug use and make positive changes to their life before they are sentenced.

People who successfully finish a Drug Court program may not have to go to prison and may be given a community sentence instead.

Geraldton family and domestic violence project

The departments of Corrective Services and the Attorney General are working in partnership with the Geraldton Aboriginal community to reduce the incidence of family and domestic violence in the region.

The Barndimalgu court was set up in August 2007 specifically for Aboriginal people in Geraldton to help them break the pattern of domestic and family violence.

When an Aboriginal person is arrested on a domestic violence charge they are sent to the Barndimalgu court. People who plead guilty have an opportunity to do a 20-week program to address their violent behaviour before the final sentence is delivered.

If the person successfully completes the program, they may not have to go to prison and may be given a community sentence instead. This helps the families and the community.

The project is supported by the Geraldton Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA) local justice forum, which provides a link between the Geraldton Aboriginal community and the Departments of the Attorney General and Corrective Services.

Last updated: 18-Oct-2013