Administrative Order 07-7: Establishment of a Problem Solving/Innovative Court Committee

Whereas, the Third Judicial District is making increasing use of innovative “problem solving courts,” including the Canyon County Drug Court, Quad County Drug Court, Canyon County Attendance Court, Third District Youth Court, and Canyon County Mental Health Court;

Whereas, a number of the judges within the Third Judicial District have expressed an interest in establishing additional problem solving courts, inclulding, but not limited to, the branching off of a portion of the Quad County Drug Court to become the Gem County Drug Court; the expansion of, or branching off of a segment of the Canyon County Drug Court to focus on felony post-conviction drug court cases; and the creation of additional problem solving courts within Canyon County identified as a DUI Court and Misdemeanor Drug Court;

Whereas the need exists for coordination, communication, and collaboration between the Third Judicial District’s various existing problem solving courts and/or potential problem solving courts to best utilize the limited existing resources and administration and future resources available to those courts and to provide technical support and oversight to the various problem solving courts;

Whereas, the need exists for policy recommendations to be made to the Administrative District Judge by and on behalf of the judges presiding over the various problem solving courts within the Third Judicial District;

It is hereby Ordered:

A. That a new committee shall be formed to be chaired by the Honorable Thomas Ryan, District Judge, and to be comprised of each judge who is currently assigned to preside over the aforementioned problem solving courts within the Third Judicial District and shall be supported and assisted by the Third District’s Trial Court Administrator.

B. The committee shall be identified as the Third District Problem Solving/Innovative Court Committee. It shall meet not less than on a quarterly basis. The committee’s responsibilities shall include:

1. Facilitation of the coordination, communication, and collaboration between the Third Judicial District’s various existing problem solving courts and/or potential problem solving courts to best utilize the limited existing resources and administration and future resources available to those courts and to provide technical support and oversight to the various existing problem solving courts and to persons interested in creating new problem solving courts within the district.

2. Recommendation of policy decisions and considerations to the Administrative District Judge regarding problem solving courts and suggested training for judges, attorneys, and court personnel within the District, and

3. Assist the Trial Court Administrator by providing supervision and guidance of personnel that are employed exclusively to serve the needs of the Third Judicial District’s problem solving courts.

Be so Ordered this 12th day of October, 2007.

Signed by Gregory M. Culet, Administrative District Judge


 

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