The Barbados Drug Treatment Court (DTC) will begin sessions for its second cohort of clients on Wednesday, June, 15, at the Supreme Court Complex, White Park Road, St. Michael, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
A total of 15 clients are enrolled this time around and they attended an orientation session on June 8, with Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, Mr. Justice Randall Worrell and Magistrate Graveney Bannister.
Magistrate Bannister will now??preside over the Drug Treatment Court following the elevation of former Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles to Judge.
During that orientation session, the new clients were also introduced to members of the DTC team and encouraged to work hard. They were also reminded that the programme afforded them the opportunity to regain control over their lives.
The Drug Treatment Court initiative is supported by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organisation of the American States, and has emerged as one alternative to incarceration that emphasises community-based substance abuse treatment and supervision of addicted non-violent criminal offenders.
Drug treatment courts provide a structured, intensive and demanding intervention, in which drug-abusing offenders are held accountable for their behavior through treatment and rehabilitation programmes under judicial supervision.