MERIT is a Local Court based program that targets adult defendants with illicit drug use problems who are motivated to undertake drug treatment. A small number of courts also offer Alcohol MERIT to defendants that have identified their principal substance abuse problem as alcohol. Defendants assessed as suitable for MERIT undertake supervised treatment sometimes as part of their bail conditions.
A MERIT treatment plan is typically three months in duration, reflecting the average Local Court bail period. At final sentencing, Magistrates are provided with a comprehensive report regarding the defendant’s participation in treatment.
Visit The MERIT Program page for more information.