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.

10 Responses to Drug treatment court for juveniles?

  1. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 20, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Hope You And The Gang
    Will Be The First To Be Treated

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 20, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Drug awareness courses can be taught in schools and parents should be also encourage to attend some parents are drug users as well.
    Parents need to more vigilant and know what their offsprings get up to also who they hang around with.
    It’s better to educate them at an early age than to wait until they dabble with the unknown within a time span they become addicts. Question: Is there enough funds and resource available?

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 20, 2016 at 7:22 am

      Drug awareness courses I am quite sure will help to some extent, but if children aren’t shown the real life consequences of illicit drug use, then all our efforts will be to no avail. I can’t walk the streets of America today without some young person blowing his or her ganja smoke in my face. And children here are taught the risks of abusing these illicit drugs, but it doesn’t seem to be getting through to them.

  3. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 20, 2016 at 6:35 am

    What is a Drug Treatment Court? It sounds like ridiculous idea, when all we really need is a Juvenile Court- which gives a magistrate the authority to refer a kid who might be addicted to a recreational drug, to a drug treatment program. We have been talking about increasing the public awareness to the dangers of using recreational drugs for decades now, and it has done little in the way of changing the public attitude towards the illicit use of these drugs. Enforcing longer sentences for those convicted on drug offences will proved to be counterproductive because this will create the atmosphere of overcrowding, as it has done in California with its Three Strikes Law. I am most certain that the criminal justice system in Barbados is overburden with persons whom are convicted on drug offences?

  4. Brownskin Joy
    Brownskin Joy March 20, 2016 at 8:24 am

    When will he do something Constrictive, instead of airing his mouth

  5. Alex Alleyne March 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

    A traffic Court , A rent court , A small claim curt,

  6. Alex Alleyne March 20, 2016 at 9:39 am

    A family court, marriage, Divorce, Child Custody, Child support, Domestic Violence. A Same Sex Court.
    Lets just have a COURT for everything just to lock up people at TAX-PAYER’S expense.

  7. Alex Alleyne March 20, 2016 at 9:48 am

    A sexual harassment court.

  8. Tony Webster March 20, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    We got a Hon. Minister of a Unlimited Taxing and Endless Loans; anudder educated Hon. Min. of Shouting (possibly two, effin you count Min. of Lackofwater; anudder Hon. Northern High-Pitched one who needs a lotta HELP; and now Hon Minister of Plenty Courts and Promises, but little actual Justice.

    Pick a card folks, any card…

    • Sue Donym March 21, 2016 at 7:45 am

      LOL. The deck is stacked!


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