An Overview of Collaborative Justice Courts

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Alameda Collaborative Juvenile Court

An experienced legal professional based in California, Paul Seeman most recently served Alameda County Superior Court as a judge. In this capacity, Paul Seeman chaired the Alameda County Collaborative Juvenile Court.

A common institution in the California court system, collaborative justice courts are often referred to as problem-solving courts. Using a combination of rehabilitation services and judicial oversight, collaborative justice courts focus on improving offender outcomes and reducing recidivism. Common examples of collaborative justice courts include DUI courts, domestic violence courts, veterans courts, and community courts.

As their name implies, collaborative justice courts involve collaboration in the decision-making process. They also allow for direct communication between defendants and the judge, who can take on a much more proactive role compared with traditional courts.

Collaborative justice courts seek to integrate social and treatment services, which are closely monitored by the judicial system. The court typically adheres to a predetermined strategy when responding to compliance issues involving the participant. In many cases, the court works closely with community organizations and public agencies to improve the effectiveness of the program.


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