Community Outreach Programs

Our Modoc County Superior Court offers a variety of programs that help involve and serve the community. After all, isn't it our responsibility to represent the people and serve the community in the best possible ways. Below is a list of our community outreach programs and an explanation for each.

Drug Treatment Court

Defendants with alcohol or other drug related offenses who plead or are deemed guilty may choose to enter the Drug Treatment Court. A collaborative team approach to treatment and supervision is designed to help individual achieve and maintain a clean and sober, productive life. The program is a minimum of 18 months duration, and requires court appearances every two weeks, intensive treatment, frequent testing, supervision and case management services. A treatment team, consisting of the Judge, substance abuse counselors, the District Attorney, Probation and a local attorney, meet prior to each Drug Court session to review progress of participants, revise treatment plans as needed and to recommend appropriate rewards and sanctions to be delivered by the judge in open court. When appropriate, individualized treatment plans address physical health, employment, mental health and family issues that may have an impact on the individual's progress in recovery. Successful completion of Drug Court may result in removal of the offense from the record of the Drug Treatment Court graduate.

Peer Court

The Modoc Juvenile Peer Court was established in 1998 as an informal means of handling certain juvenile cases that may be appropriate for formal Court proceedings. If it appears to the Probation Officer that the case would be appropriate for Peer Court (it's not a serious felony and extensive victim restitution is not being requested), the juvenile offender and his/her parent(s) are offered the opportunity´┐Ż to have the youth's case handled through Peer Court. The minor and parent sign a waiver of confidentiality´┐Ż and the minor admits the allegations for the purpose of having the matter heard in Peer Court (because the Peer Court does not determine guilt or innocence, only disposition).

Peer Court is a good opportunity for a juvenile offender to have his/her case handled without it becoming part of a permanent delinquency record. It is also a positive learning experience for local high school students who act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and jurors.

Tulelake Traffic

January 7, 2002, the Siskiyou County and Modoc County Superior Courts entered into an Agreement to establish a combined calendar of traffic infraction cases in the Tulelake court facility located in Siskiyou County Near the Modoc County Border. The purpose of the project is to provide court-related services to customers of both counties.

This project complies Chief Justice Ronald George's policy for the need to improve citizen access to justice services.

The counties of Siskiyou and Modoc lie in the remote, sparsely populated region of the state bordered on the north by Oregon. The combined court holds sessions 1/2 day per month, with judicial staffing provided on an alternation basis.

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