CCJ Resolution 22
In Support of Problem-Solving Courts
the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court
Administrators appointed a Joint Task Force to consider the policy and
administrative implications of the courts and special calendars that utilize the
principles of therapeutic jurisprudence and to advance strategies, policies and
recommendations on the future of these courts; and
these courts and special calendars have been referred to by various names,
including problem-solving, accountability, behavioral justice, therapeutic,
problem oriented, collaborative justice, outcome oriented and constructive
intervention courts; and
WHEREAS, the findings of the Joint Task Force include the following:
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Conference of Chief Justices and the
Conference of State Court Administrators hereby agree to:
these new courts and calendars “Problem-Solving Courts,” recognizing that
courts have always been involved in attempting to resolve disputes and problems
in society, but understanding that the collaborative nature of these new efforts
steps, nationally and locally, to expand and better integrate the principles and
methods of well-functioning drug courts into ongoing court operations.
the careful study and evaluation of the principles and methods employed in
problem-solving courts and their application to other significant issues facing
where appropriate, the broad integration over the next decade of the principles
and methods employed in the problem-solving courts into the administration of
justice to improve court processes and outcomes while preserving the rule of
law, enhancing judicial effectiveness, and meeting the needs and expectations of
litigants, victims and the community.
national and local education and training on the principles and methods employed
in problem-solving courts and on collaboration with other community and
government agencies and organizations.
for the resources necessary to advance and apply the principles and methods of
problem-solving courts in the general court systems of the various states.
a National Agenda consistent with this resolution that includes the following
that the CCJ/COSCA Government Affairs Committee work with the Department of
Health and Human Services to direct treatment funds to the state courts.
that the National Center for State Courts initiate with other organizations and
associations a collaborative process to develop principles and methods for other
types of courts and calendars similar to the 10 Key Drug Court Components, published by the Drug Courts Program
Office, which define effective drug courts.
the National Center for State Courts Best
a national conference or regional conferences
implementation of this resolution, suggest action steps,
and model the collaborative process by including other
associations and interested groups.
Adopted as Proposed by the Task Force on
Therapeutic Justice of the Conference of
Chief Justices in Rapid City, South Dakota at the 52nd Annual Meeting
on August 3, 2000.