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Courts and Tribunals Tasmania


Court Mandated Diversion

The Court Mandated Diversion (CMD) program provides Magistrates with an option to divert eligible offenders into treatment for their drug use through either the bail or sentencing process.

There are three basic ways diversion into drug treatment can occur after a plea of guilty or a finding of guilt:

  • through conditions attached to a bail order; or
  • through conditions attached to a community-based order, eg suspended sentence or probation; or
  • through a Drug Treatment Order where a Magistrate will continually review offender progress on the order.

For more information follow the links below:

Intent of Program - Treatment ServicesEnter The ProgramDelivery Of The Program - Obligations

Information Sheets

These provide further information about the CMD assessment process and the treatment options available under the CMD program:

Evaluation

In 2007 Success Works was commissioned to undertake a 12 month evaluation of the pilot Court Mandated Diversion for Drug Offenders (CMD) program in Tasmania. Success Works has been able to employ its knowledge of national and international trends in therapeutic jurisprudence as well as the needs of offenders with substance abuse issues.

The evaluation has involved interviews with key stakeholders involved with the program including, magistrates, police, lawyers, AOD practitioners, service delivery staff and offenders who have been diverted into drug treatment. It also involves quantitative data analysis. Regular progress reports were generated over the period of the evaluation to enable a process of continuous improvement to take place throughout the term of the pilot program. The final report has been completed and is available below.

PDF CMD Evaluation Report

Contact Numbers

You can get further information about the program by ringing the Court Diversion Officer:

  • Launceston ph: 6336 2581
  • Burnie/Devonport ph: 6434 5408
  • Hobart ph: 6216 4428