Standards on Substance Abuse: SJC policy statement

On March 1, 1995, acting on the advice of its Substance Abuse Task Force, the Supreme Judicial Court adopted the following systemwide policy designed to enhance the judiciary's response to the impact of substance abuse on the courts of the Commonwealth:

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SJC policy statement

Every judge in the commonwealth should attempt to identify and appropriately respond to the indication of substance abuse by any party appearing before him or her in a court of the commonwealth, where substance abuse is a factor in behavior related to the case. At every stage of the adjudicatory process, courts should provide access to substance abuse information and to referrals for screening, assessment and treatment for substance abuse.



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