Money makes the court go round: cost-effective courts

07 August 2013

Who should pay for a drug court? Is it the drug addict, his family, the victims from his thefts, the prosecution bringing charges, the police wanting to clean the streets, the city government, the social work unit, the therapist, the chief justice overseeing the budget of the judiciary or the ministry of justice?

Most of these people benefit from the interventions of a court specialised in drug crime. But whoever pays the judge, is likely to gain influence over the judge's decisions and to make the judge less sensitive to other needs.

Following the money has always been a prime strategy for gaining a better understanding of organisational behaviour. So where does money to fund courts come from? And what is the best way to finance them?