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DIFFERENT ROLES IN A DTC MODEL the Ghent DTC pilot project

Annemieke Serlippens – Prosecutor Jorn Dangreau - Judge

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START OF THE PILOT PROJECT VERY IMPORTANT: DEFINING STAKEHOLDERS 1. Direct actors  Prosecutors office  Court – judges  Defense lawyers  Health care – drug treatment Define

local actors – representative of every actor Need for these actors to be organised in an efficient way


START OF THE PILOT PROJECT VERY IMPORTANT: SOCIAL EMBEDMENT 2. Partners Treatment

side (in general) Community services Probation officers Police


DRUG TREATMENT COURT Introductory session (explanation + willingness to enter program Establish contact liaison and accused)

Orientation session (accused proposes treatment plan (all areas) Discussion)

Follow up hearings (adjust plan - positive incentives - sanctions)

Judgement taking into account behaviour of the accused


PUBLIC PROSECUTOR 1. 2.

Selection of the files (elegibily criteria) Hearings: - introductionary hearing: • Present file and evidences • Explain why DTC • Explain possible sentences (judicial pressure)


PUBLIC PROSECUTOR - follow up hearings: • Check new criminal facts • Bring old/new cases from same defendant together before DTC • Motivate – stimulate/ confront Importance (international investigation) Totally different role than in normal court - final hearing: • Ask for specific sentence taking into account the results of the DTC traject


JUDGE - introductionary hearing: No

pre court meeting due to rights of the defendant (european court human rights) Every information obtained in public hearing Problem detection by interviewing defendant Motivation detection Referral to liaison with accent on his independancy


JUDGE - follow up hearings: • Interviewing defendant • Motivation if positive behaviour Importance of positive incentives Totally different role than in normal court • Sanction if negative behaviour Redefine traject End of traject - final hearing: • Make judgement taking into account the results of the DTC traject


DEFENSE LAWYER      

Protect fundamental rights of defendant Explain specific DTC-procedure Support and motivate defendant Leave responsability to client Different role in regard to normal hearings: talk less, support more Responsability in specific legal issues (legal determination of the criminal facts, contacts with victim…)


HEALTH CARE Regular

drug treatment (actor)

 Ghent: wide range of different drug treatment services; (former competition, now well organised in a network)  not only DRUG treatment, also lots of agencies in other life domains (partners) LIAISON

= bridge between court & treatment


ROLE of the LIAISON     

Independant Part of health care – drug treatment Helps the defendant setting up a treatment plan adapted to his specific problems Professional secrecy: in DTC: only information about procedures, no info about content of treatment Follow up – case manager ?


BRIDGE TO REGULAR TREATMENT SERVICES financial other issues

drugs

family

liaison

administration

mental health

medical housing


CONCLUSION Every

actor has the same goal but different role, different responsability and different way to achieve it Respect for eachothers role Indenpendancy

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18 toluca different roles annemieke serlippens  
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