Program Chairs

The Hon. Justice Kofi Barnes

Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)

Lorne Sabsay

National Executive Director, Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals; Sabsay Lawyers

Join an experienced, multi-disciplinary faculty as they examine current issues in the Drug Treatment Court from both a legal and treatment standpoint.

As one of the therapeutic courts in Canada’s criminal justice system, Drug Treatment Courts aim to help reduce crime and substance abuse. Whether you are a Crown Attorney, defence counsel or treatment provider, this unique, OsgoodePD program will give you the insight you need to fully appreciate the potential value of this specialty court.

Over one, intensive day, you’ll hear from all parties involved in the DTC process and gain a comprehensive understanding of the intersection between justice and treatment and how this specialty court can provide positive results for all. You’ll also learn about all of the recent developments and changes as a result of the pandemic.

This practical program was specifically designed by those involved in the Drug Treatment Courts, for legal professionals and treatment providers (with or without DTC experience). You will work through sample case scenarios and walk away with valuable tips and strategies you can immediately put to use.

What you’ll learn

Appreciating the fundamentals of DTC and its overall purpose

Identifying eligibility and compliance issues and how to effectively deal with them

Ensuring the pre-court meeting is effective and productive

Preparing your client and managing expectations at the application stage

Understanding your role in a Drug Treatment Court and how your strategies might differ from that in other courts

Resolving ethical issues from both the legal and treatment perspectives

Who Should Attend

Crown lawyers

Defence counsel

Duty counsel

Treatment providers, drug addiction counsellors, mental health court workers

Health care and social services professionals


Other Professionals involved in the Drug Treatment Court process

Andreas von Cramon

Supervisory Duty Counsel, Legal Aid Ontario

“The program was very practical and provided a lot of information to consider for Drug Treatment Court and Mental Health Court in my jurisdiction.”


Program Chairs

The Hon. Justice Kofi Barnes

Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)

Lorne Sabsay

National Executive Director, Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals; Sabsay Lawyers




Recorded: Jun 3, 2022

$495 + TAX

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Erin McGoey

Criminal Duty Counsel, Legal Aid Ontario

“Good speakers, thoroughly covered issues from all viewpoints, very helpful with take-away practical information.”

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CPD Hours
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Substantive5h 15m
Professionalism1h 15m
Total6h 30m

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