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Protocol and Practice of Persons Appearing in the Court of Commissioner Keelan Bodow << return to previous page
Specific Comments or Advice for Litigants Specific Requirements or Preferences Frequently asked questions about Drug Court:  
 
• The Maricopa County Drug Court serves a special adjudicatory function within the Superior Court. It offers outpatient counseling and drug monitoring for non-violent offenders on probation. It is the mission of the Drug Court to reduce substance abuse and recidivism of the offender. We accomplish this by effectively assessing the risk and needs of the individual and providing a continuum of treatment, services, supervision, rewards and sanctions via a non-adversarial partnership between the court, probation officers, counselors and attorneys.  
 
• An individual is sentenced to participate in Drug Court after being screened and found eligible by program personnel. The major criteria for Drug Court are as follows:  
• Defendants may qualify for Drug Court once sentenced on felony offenses for drug possession or use, paraphernalia, and/or any charge that is motivated by drug use.  
• Defendants classified as a violent offender, or are charged with marijuana, or sales offenses are NOT eligible for Drug Court.  
• Generally defendants are eligible for standard probation and have a minimum of one year left on probation when referred to Drug Court, a one-time intervention opportunity.  
• Defendants tend to have a history of substance abuse, and would benefit from drug education, counseling and monitoring.  
• Defendants who reside outside of the Drug Court supervision area, or who have significant mental health issues are NOT eligible to participate in this program.  
• Participants must be Medium-High or High Risk on the OST/FROST assessment completed by the probation department.  
 
• Drug Court requires the participant to attend regularly scheduled Court hearings to monitor compliance with terms of probation and Drug Court directives. A contract is issued to the participant at each Court appearance, which specifically outlines all expectations for the period of time before the next court hearing. Contract terms typically require drug treatment and testing, regular interaction with a probation officer, and job/school responsibilities. Completion of Path I, II and III is mandatory to successfully complete Drug Court.  
 
• The advantages of Drug Court include:  
• Random drug testing  
• Team supervision: Judge, County Attorney, Public Defender, Probation Office, Counselor  
• Graduated levels of drug education and treatment  
• Rewards and incentives for program compliance  
• Added resources for families  
• Pro-social activities  
• Credit for community services  
• Specialized treatment network  
• Fulfills Proposition 200 mandate  
• Length of probation grant can be shortened by defendant’s compliance with program requirements  
• Fines and surcharges deferred  
 
 
• Drug Court is a source of pride for Maricopa County, helping approximately 700 participants at any one time. The program was initiated in 1992, when only 2 other efforts existed across the country. Today, there are over 2,500 programs in operation around the United States and internationally. For background or procedural information about the Maricopa County Drug Court, please schedule an appointment with my division. For information about Drug Court programming nationwide, please contact the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (www.nadcp.org).  
 
Frequently asked questions about DUI Court:  
 
• The Maricopa County DUI Court serves a special adjudicatory function within the Superior Court, as it strives to maximize an offender’s strengths, and overcome the substance abuse that resulted in a DUI conviction. It is the mission of the DUI Court to provide direction and treatment to DUI offenders in an effort to change their drinking and driving behavior and reduce the risk they pose to the safety of the community. This opportunity for change is afforded through monthly Court interaction, monitoring of sobriety, probation supervision, and participation in graduated levels of alcohol education and treatment, encompassing reward incentives and/or sanctions as appropriate.  
 
• An individual is sentenced to participate in DUI Court after being screened and found eligible by program personnel. The major criteria for DUI Court are as follows:  
• Defendants qualify for DUI Court once sentenced on a felony DUI offense and have a minimum of one year left on probation when referred to DUI Court.  
• Defendants tend to have a history of substance abuse and prior alcohol-related driving offenses. Most participants have a medium to high risk to recidivate, thus benefit from drug education, counseling and monitoring.  
• Violent defendants, defendants with an ICE hold at the time of sentencing, defendants who reside outside of the DUI Court supervision area, or who have serious mental health issues are NOT eligible to participate in this program.  
 
• DUI Court requires the participant to attend regularly scheduled Court hearings to monitor compliance with terms of probation and DUI Court directives. Participants are notified of all expectations for the period of time via a court contract, following graduated levels of pre-treatment, primary treatment, relapse prevention and aftercare. Terms typically require individual and group counseling, an alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet, and continuous job/school responsibilities. Rewards include longer court contract periods, reduced deferred jail time or probation, monetary rewards, and public praise. Sanctions include community restitution, curfew, shorter court contracts, jail time, or ultimately revocation to prison. Completion of all contract requirements is mandatory to successfully complete DUI Court.  
 
• DUI Court is a source of pride for Maricopa County, helping over 300 participants at any one time. For background and procedural information about the Maricopa County DUI Court, please schedule an appointment with my division.
Pre-Trial Practice and Management Issues Motion Practice • This division is currently not an e-filing division, thus motions must be filed with the Clerk’s Office and a hard copy must be provided directly to my division. It is important the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office or Court appointed counsel and other applicable agencies, be endorsed on all fillings.  
 
• Litigants are encouraged to contact my judicial assistant for information about the practices followed in this division.
Trial Practice and Protocol Trial Schedule • Drug Court scheduling:  
 
• There are no trials in Drug Court.  
• Drug Court orientation is held on Wednesdays, at the conclusion of the day’s scheduled proceedings.  
• Staffing meetings are held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, between 8:30a.m. and 10:00a.m., for Drug Court providers and counsel. Attendees must report to chambers for the staffing. This meeting is not open to the public.  
• Status hearings are held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, starting at 10:30a.m. These hearings are open to the public.  
• Probation violation hearings are held on Thursday afternoons, starting at 1:30p.m.  
• Participants with questions about missed court dates or participation in general should contact their probation officers or defense counsel.  
• If a juvenile has been ordered to observe Adult Violation Proceedings at Drug Court, there is no need for advanced sign up. The juvenile should bring to Drug Court the paperwork provided to them by their probation officer on Thursday at 1:30p.m., and check in with the Bailiff in the courtroom.  
 
• DUI Court scheduling:  
 
• There are no trials in DUI Court.  
• DUI Court orientation is held on Tuesdays, at the conclusion of the morning’s scheduled proceedings.  
• Staffing meetings are held on Tuesday mornings, between 8:30a.m. and 10:00a.m., and Tuesday afternoons between 1:00 and 2:30 PM for DUI Court providers and counsel. Attendees must report to chambers for the staffing. This meeting is not open to the public.  
• Status hearings are held on Tuesdays, starting at 10:30a.m. and at 2:30 PM. These hearings are open to the public.  
• Probation violation hearings are held on Thursday afternoons, starting at 1:30p.m.  
• Participants with questions about missed court dates or participation in general should contact their probation officers or defense counsel.
Courtroom Etiquette • Because specialty courts are involved, litigants will notice a difference in how hearings are facilitated compared to trial or traditional probation hearings. Hearings will be facilitated in as informal a manner as due process allows. Probationers involved in status hearings typically speak directly with the judicial officer.
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