2019 State of the Court


Treatment courts are the most successful intervention in our nation’s history for leading people living with substance use and mental health disorders out of the justice system and into lives of recovery and stability 1

Adult Drug Court

Drug Courts are specifically designed court calendars that provide an alternative to traditional criminal justice prosecution for non-violent drug-related offenses. Program goals include reducing recidivism and substance abuse among offenders and increase the likelihood of successful rehabilitation.

Juvenile Courts

Juvenile Drug Courts provide intensive judicial intervention and community supervision of juveniles involved in substance abuse that is not generally available through the traditional court process. Girls Court is a collaborative approach in assisting victims of human trafficking with a focus of providing services rather than conviction or detention. Court for the Individualized Treatment of Adolescents (CITA) is for youth in the juvenile justice system who have been identified as having a significant mental illness. The goal of CITA is to effectively manage the complex problems presented by mentally ill youth who commit delinquent acts through appropriate mental health treatment in the community.


Mental Health Court

Mental Health Courts are a type of problem-solving court that provides specific services and treatment of defendants dealing with mental illness. This is an alternative to the traditional court system by connecting defendants to a variety of rehabilitative services and support services in order to reduce criminal activity and improve quality of life.

2019 Judge Morris Award Presented to the Honorable Patrick J. Morris (ret.) for his establishment of San Bernardino treatment courts in 1994.




1 National Association of Drug Court Professionals

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