Problem Solving Courts

Problem-solving courts in Dallas County have the primary goal of diverting certain cases from the traditional legal system, thereby saving money and providing resources/treatment for participants. These courts deal with specific types of cases, such as drug possession, while others target a category of cases, such as mental health. The courts are staffed with individuals, usually referred to as the “team”, who are familiar with the terminology involved and the resources available to resolve the issues that arise during the case.  Participants that are involved in these problem-solving courts are sometimes eligible to have the cases dismissed and expunged from their record.  This provides a “fresh start” to many without the stigmatism of being labeled as a convict.