Drug treatment court for juveniles?
Government is exploring the possibility of setting up a drug treatment court for juveniles, following the introduction of that institution for adults, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has said.
Brathwaite told parliament the drug treatment court was part of the overall court reform programme, and the first of several problem-solving courts that the Freundel Stuart administration is committed to introducing.
“I’m also committed to having an enhanced juvenile court. Again because we’re doing a reform of our juvenile justice legislation, we’re bringing a new bill to this parliament and out of that I would like to see a court that just deals with juvenile related matters.
“But not only the court, but certainly we need to address the issue of training because we want the necessary sensitivity to be utilised when dealing with juvenile matters,” Brathwaite said.
The attorney general announced that the government is pressing ahead with plans for the introduction of a family court, and has received assistance from one international non-government organisation for that programme.
“And the reason why that’s important is because we want family matters to be dealt with with the same level of professionalism regardless of who the litigants are etc. So we’re doing the requisite training and we have gotten some support from UN women, we have an MOU executed with them and part of the process of that MOU will be to do some training,” Brathwaite stated.