Intellectual Disability Diversion Program Court

The Intellectual Disability Diversion Program (IDDP) Court is operated by the Department of Justice, with support and advice from the Department of Communities.

The IDDP Court seeks to address the over-representation of individuals in the adult criminal justice system who may have one or more of the following diagnoses:

The IDDP Court operates at Central Law Courts in the Perth CBD and sits on Mondays. It aims to work with individuals living in the community in order to:

Referrals to the IDDP Court are typically made by magistrates in general court lists, often at the suggestion of a defence lawyer, supporting agency, carer or family member.

Legal Aid duty lawyers can advise and represent people in the Magistrates Court and can give advice on the day about whether a referral to the IDDP Court is appropriate. There is also a dedicated duty lawyer who attends the IDDP Court.

Where appropriate, monitoring by the magistrate aims to promote compliance within the program, engage individuals in goal setting, and support them through the change process.

To be eligible to participate the individual must:

Participation is strictly voluntary. If a "not guilty" plea is entered and maintained, the accused person is ineligible for the IDDP Court program.

Adult Community Corrections assesses the suitability of applicants for the program. Applicants may also need to be assessed by an expert such as a psychologist or neuropsychologist, which if required will be ordered by the IDDP Court.

If accepted into the IDDP Court program, Adult Community Corrections will develop a plan in conjunction with the individual, their family and/or carer and, if applicable, guardian, the Department of Communities and any relevant service providers. The individual will be required to attend the IDDP Court as directed by the magistrate to monitor their progress on the program over a period of approximately four to six months.

Progress on the plan will be taken into account by the magistrate when sentencing the individual.

The IDDP Court is operated by a dedicated team that includes a magistrate, Senior Community Corrections Officer, duty lawyer and police prosecutor.

The IDDP Court is overseen by operational and steering committees that include representatives from participating agencies including the Department of Communities.

Key Contacts for the IDDP Court:

Magistrates Court PERTH
Specialist Court Coordinator
Phone: (08) 9425 3423
Email: perthmagistratescourt@justice.wa.gov.au 

Adult Community Corrections
IDDP Court Senior Community Corrections Officer
Phone: (08) 9425 2385


Last updated: 5-Nov-2018

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