A. Creation of Specialized Docket - "Women’s Therapeutic Court" ("WTC")
A. CREATION OF SPECIALIZED DOCKET – “WOMEN’S THERAPEUTIC COURT” (“WTC”):
WTC is created pursuant to the specialized docket standards set forth in Sup. R. 36.20-
36.28, including Appendix I. The purpose of WTC is to facilitate efficient and effective
treatment of drug addicted or drug abusing offenders. Eligible offenders as defined in
Subsection (C) of this Rule shall be supervised by the Probation Department to ensure
compliance with community control sanctions and to assist with criminogenic needs.
B. WTC Team
B. WTC TEAM:
The “WTC Team” shall consist of the Judge assigned to WTC (“WTC Judge”), Adult Probation
Department Manager and staff, Probation Officers, licensed treatment providers,
community based employment program personnel, the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, and
Defense Counsel. The WTC Team shall convene weekly to discuss the progress and status of
individual offenders, apply sanctions as needed, and for any other matters.
C. Eligibility Criteria for WTC Admission
C. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR WTC ADMISSION:
1. The assigned Judge may order a defendant to WTC through a guilty or no contest plea,
probation violation, judicial release, other early release options, or ILC.
2. In order for a defendant to be eligible for WTC the defendant shall:
a. Be amenable to community control;
b. Be charged with a third, fourth, or fifth degree felony;
c. Be a resident of Ohio;
d. Have little or no history of violent behavior;
e. Have a chemical abuse addiction in which the defendant’s current or past criminal
behavior has been alcohol or drug driven;
f. Have no acute health condition; and
g. Demonstrate a sincere willingness to participate in a long term treatment process.
D. Referring Defendants to WTC
D. REFERRING DEFENDANTS TO WTC:
1. WTC receives referrals from the assigned Judge. The WTC Team shall review the case
for legal and clinical eligibility as identified in Subsection (C)(2)(a)-(g) of this Rule.
2. The assigned Judge shall have final discretion to decide if the defendant is ordered to
After a defendant is ordered to WTC as a community control or ILC sanction, along with any
other appropriate sanctions, the case shall be transferred to the WTC Judge for any and all
further court proceedings. The WTC Judge shall have the authority to conduct
arraignments, accept pleas, enter findings and dispositions, revoke community control or
ILC, and order or modify community control or ILC sanctions.
F. Treatment Phases
F. TREATMENT PHASES:
WTC offenders shall be required to complete phases of treatment as individually necessary
and complete all other requirements as identified in the WTC Participant Handbook and the
WTC Participation Agreement. WTC offenders shall comply with all the rules indicated to
them by the WTC Judge at their initial appearance. While in WTC, the offender shall receive
services to assist in meeting criminogenic needs. Upon graduation from WTC, the offender
may be required to remain under community control or ILC sanctions to ensure continued
compliance and success.
G. Sanctions for Non-Compliance
G. SANCTIONS FOR NON-COMPLIANCE:
Sanctions for a WTC offender’s non-compliance vary in intensity and may include, but are
not limited to, the following:
1. Warning and admonition from the WTC Judge;
2. Demotion to an earlier WTC phase;
3. Increased frequency of drug or alcohol testing and court appearances;
4. Increased supervision contacts and monitoring;
5. Community service or work program;
6. Jail or out of home placement;
7. Community control or ILC violation;
8. Termination from Drug Court; and
9. Commitment to S.T.O.P., the MonDay Community Correctional Facility, or any other
community based facility approved by the Court.
H. Unsuccessful Terminations
H. UNSUCCESSFUL TERMINATIONS:
1. Reasons for termination from WTC include, but are not limited to:
a. Failure to remain clean from illegal substances or alcohol;
b. Violation of the General Conditions of Supervision;
c. Violation of any community control or ILC sanctions; and
d. Failure to comply with the WTC Participation Agreement or any other orders of the
2. If an offender is terminated from WTC for reasons stated in Subsection (H)(1) of this
Rule, or for any other reason as determined by the WTC Judge, the offender may be
subject to a community control or ILC revocation hearing.
3. If a hearing is required pursuant to Subsection (H)(2) of this Rule:
a. The WTC Judge shall adjudicate the proceedings;
b. The offender may have his or her community control or ILC sanctions modified.
Modifications may include, but are not limited to, commitment to a CBCF,
revocation of community control or ILC, or termination from WTC;
c. The WTC Judge shall have the sole discretion to refer an offender to the original
assigned Judge for further proceedings; and
d. The laws governing revocation apply, and the offender has a right to counsel.
I. Statistical Reports
I. STATISTICAL REPORTS:
For purposes of Supreme Court statistical reports, the case shall be considered disposed by
the assigned Judge when the defendant is sentenced to WTC or the defendant is ordered
into WTC as a condition of ILC.