Citation Malloch M, Eley S, McIvor G, Beaton K & Yates R (2003) The Fife Drug Court in Action: The First Six Months - Research Findings. Scottish Executive. Research Findings, No. 69/2003. Scottish Executive. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2003/08/17876/23839
Abstract First paragraph: Drug Courts were initially established in the USA in the late 1980s by sentencers who were frustrated at the limited range and effectiveness of existing measures for dealing with those whose offending was related to the misuse of drugs. They aim to reduce drug misuse and associated offending by offering treatment based options outwith the traditional court setting and are operational in a range of jurisdictions, including Australia, Canada and Ireland.