Problem Solving Courts

The Circuit Court for Prince George's County Office of Problem Solving Courts Division is currently comprised of five (5) specialty courts. 

  • Adult Drug Court
  • Re-Entry Court
  • Veterans Court
  • Juvenile Drug Court
  • Truancy Reduction Court

Problem Solving Courts represent a major shift from the traditional court model. These specialty courts focus on a collaborative, non-adversarial approach to judicial supervision of eligible offenders. Through the leadership of a presiding judge, each court operates on a team premise to oversee each case through the implementation of a sanction, incentive, and rehabilitative program model. Each team is comprised of the judge, public defender (or private attorney), Assistant State's Attorney, program coordinator, clinically trained case managers, and community supervision manager. Each court has eligibility criteria and specified requirements to successfully complete each program. Eligible offenders are sentenced into Problem Solving Courts voluntarily. A special Participant Agreement, Participant Handbook and Policy and Procedural Manual have been developed for each court and must be reviewed by a participant prior to sentencing.  

  1. Adult Drug Court
  2. Juvenile Drug Court
  3. New Direction Youth Diversion Program
  4. Re-Entry Court
  5. Truancy Reduction Court
  6. Veterans Court

The mission of the Circuit Court for Prince George's County Adult Drug Court Program is to employ innovative, judicial supervision with the purpose to decrease drug-related crime and violence, reducing incarceration, providing need-specific treatment and services for substance abusers, and thereby enhancing the quality of life for the individual and the community.

Adult Drug Court Description

The Adult Drug Court Program is a supervised, sanction-based, comprehensive treatment program for non-violent offenders referred to Adult Drug Court by their defense attorney. If deemed eligible, the defendants would enter the program voluntarily. Participants are required to attend regular hearings before the Presiding Judge, maintain a daily curfew, participate in mandatory substance abuse treatment and undergo frequent drug testing all while benefitting from support and guidance from the entire Drug Court team in setting goals to focus on a life of sobriety and become a productive, law-abiding citizen.

Adult Drug Court FAQs

  • Special docket designated for Drug Court participants
  • The target population is non-violent, drug offenders identified as struggling with substance abuse addiction
  • Must be a resident of Prince George's County
  • Four phases, sanction, and inventive based program model