Networking for Court Support

Networking for Court Support: Collaboration, Confidence, Court Support and Case Notes


About the project

Further information and forum resources 


Forum feeback and follow up

About the project

Networking for Court Support: Collaboration, Confidence, Court Support and Case Notes aims to increase the skills, knowledge, capacity and confidence of drug and alcohol staff in the NSW non government sector to better support clients in navigating the NSW court system. 


Partnership project

The project is a partnership project between the Network of alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA), Legal Aid NSW and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Victoria.  The forums provided practical guidance on writing case notes and court reports as well as providing an overview of the court system and providing networking opportunities across the drug and alcohol and justice sectors.


Project origins

The project is modelled on the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education funded Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) Four C's for Court Program which rolled out throughout 2011 to non government alcohol and other drug services in Victoria. NADA would like to acknowledge the contribution of the VAADA project in preparation for the NSW roll out.


Project funding 

The project is jointly funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) Community Education and Engagement Grants Program and the NADA Practice Enhancement Program (PEP).


Further Information

For more information on the project, including details on the project partners click here to download the Project Background Information.


Forum resources

Three forums where held in July 2012.  One in Newcastle and two in Sydney. To access the slides from the day click on the below links:


Overview of the NSW court system and diversionary programs. Prepared and presented by Legal Aid NSW.


Case notes for AOD services - Getting Case notes right for court, protecting yourself, your client and your service. Prepared and presented by Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Victoria.


Building confidence and capacity for court- Providing court reports, letters of support and supporting your client in the court room. Prepared and presented Legal Aid NSW.



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Further resources

Supporting your clients in court: Quick tips for alcohol and drug workers. Includes tips on Court reports, letters of support and  considerations when attending Court. Adapted from the Building confidence and capacity for court presentation, Legal Aid NSW.


Court Support Information Booklet. Contains a range of information on the legal system, court staff, procedures and a court directory. Developed by the Community Restorative Centre NSW


Take Note: A comparison to the NSW jurisdiction.  Provides a comparison to the Victorian legisation referenced in Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centres Take Note! A practical guide for writing case notes. The Take note resource can be purcahsed on the Turning Point website.


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Forum feedback and follow up

Click on the relevant dates to download the event feedback reports

4 July 2012 Newcastle

17 July 2012 Sydney

25 July 2012 Sydney


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Discussion topics and follow up information

At each event a range of topics of discussion were raised such as State Debt Recovery Work Development Orders, the Compulsory Drug Treatment Correction Centre and issues affecting young people in contact with the criminal justice system. For sources of information on the discussion topics follow the relevant links below.


NADA resources
NADA resources on display at the forum can be accessed via our resources page
Legal Aid NSW
Legal Aid online catalogue  
Legal Aid NSW grant information and application form
Legal Aid Community Legal Education Workshops 
Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS)
IDRS Step by step guide to making a section 32 application (and other resources)
IDRS also offer training on how to support a person with an Intellectual Disability who is in contact with the criminal justice system for more information.
NO BARS: Supporting drug and alcohol services to work with criminal justice clients
(Note - this will be reviewed and updated to include content from the forum in the coming months) the website includes information on a range of programs including
Court and diversion programs 
Prisons and community offender management 
Community Restorative Centre NSW
Getting out 
Exit Checklist  
Work Development Orders State Debt Recovery Office (SDRO)
For information on the SDRO Work Development Orders visit
Legal Aid provides advice to service providers and individuals on Work Development Orders visit
Legal Aid NSW produced a video on the SDRO Work Development Orders along with The Glen residential rehabilitation service follow the link to view the video:
Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
Take Note! A practical guide to writing case notes, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Services can be ordered here
Take Note! A practice guide to writing case notes: A comparison with the NSW jurisdiction, Legal Aid NSW 
Youth and the court /criminal justice system

 Legal Aid operate a Youth Hotline: 1800 10 18 10 for young people aged 10-17. The line is open Monday to Thursday 9am - midnight, Weekends Friday 9am - Midnight on Sunday.

Further information on courts and diversionary programs can be found at the links here.
Informtaionon the Magistrates Early Referal Into Treatment (MERIT) NSW (including Alcohol MERIT) can be accessed here.

Information on the Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre can be accessed here.  


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