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Cuyahoga County Drug Court

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The goal of the drug court program is to break the cycle of recidivism by addressing an offender’s drug dependency.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court began building its Drug Court program in 2008 with the appointment of Judge David T. Matia to the docket. Drug Court adheres to science-based principals, only accepting those who are assessed as drug dependent. Drug Court has graduated hundreds of individuals, returning them to their communities as sober citizens.

Judge Matia’s current docket focuses on clients who would benefit from medically assisted treatment. Additionally, the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court has a standard Drug Court docket presided over by Judge Nancy R. McDonnell.


Drug Court accepts more challenging offenders, such as those with repeat criminal histories or opiate dependencies.

Judge Nancy R. McDonnell

Judge Nancy R. McDonnell

It is with deep sadness that the Court announces the passing of Judge Nancy R. McDonnell on September 28, 2021.

Courtroom: 17-B

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What is Drug Court?

Drug Court's mission is to stop the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related criminal activity.

"Drug courts promote recovery through a coordinated response to offenders dependent on alcohol and other drugs. Realization of these goals requires a team approach, including cooperation and collaboration of the judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, probation authorities, other corrections personnel, law enforcement, pretrial services agencies, TASC (Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime) programs, evaluators, an array of local service providers, and the greater community.”

- The National Drug Court Model

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Contact Information

Drug Court Judge
The Honorable David T. Matia

Drug Court Judge
The Honorable Nancy McDonnell

Drug Court Coordinator
Molly Leckler
Drug Court Coordinator
(216) 443-2154

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Local Rule

30.2 Assignment of Criminal Cases
to Drug Court Dockets

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