Category: Courts

Bedfordshire PCC pledges almost £100,000 to revolutionise the lives of families with drug and alcohol problems

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has become the first PCC in the country to fund Family, Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) which have been proven to be 50% better than any other method of care proceedings at helping parents to shake off addiction and retain care of their children five years on.

Commissioner Holloway has agreed to provide £50,000 of funding and also to pay for a specialist Domestic Abuse Expert to support parents attending the Family Drug and Alcohol Court.

She also provided the lead Judge – Judge Patrick Peruško – with the services of her Chief of Staff to help other key partners across Bedfordshire, such as those in the NHS, Public Health, Mental Health services and Safeguarding leads of the three local authorities to work together to bring all these parties into partnership to fund and support the unique FDAC process.

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts require a parent with addiction to agree a formal rehabilitation plan and work very regularly with the Family Court Judge and an FDAC team of specialists over a 26 week period, to address their behaviour and build better relationships with both their children and themselves.

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Juror receives suspended prison sentence

Police have issued a reminder to jurors after a man was given a suspended prison sentence for discussing a case outside of court.

The juror in question was overheard discussing a case while out for a meal with friends and family in January last year, including details of the trial and weapons that were used in the incident.

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