community court | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction / Procedural Law


A community court is a type of specialized court that is designed to address the needs of a specific community, such as a neighborhood or a city.

Community courts typically have a narrow focus, such as addressing quality-of-life crimes or addressing the needs of specific populations, such as the homeless or drug users.

Community courts often take a more holistic approach to addressing crime and may incorporate a range of social services and community-based programs into their operations. For example, a community court may offer drug treatment programs, job training, or other social services to individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system.

The goal of a community court is often to address the root causes of crime and to improve public safety by addressing the underlying social and economic issues that contribute to crime. Community courts can also be an important tool for building trust and improving relationships between the community and the criminal justice system.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023


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