Hon. Joshua M. Farrell

Presiding Judge 80th District

The Recovery Court is a four phase intensive intervention program for adults who have pled guilty to program eligible drug or alcohol offenses and who are having difficulty staying clean and sober.

It is a collaborative effort between the 80th District Court, 55th Circuit Court, the prosecutor attorney, your defense attorney, community agencies, police agencies, probation officers, and treatment programs. By working together, the team seeks to provide a variety of programs and consistent supervision geared toward supporting and helping you maintain a drug and alcohol free life.

The Recovery Court involves frequent court appearances, random drug and alcohol testing as well as group and individual counseling. The Court awards incentives for compliant behavior and imposes sanctions for negative behavior. Participants who do not comply with the rules may be placed in short-term custody, have phase advancement delayed or face a variety of other sanctions. They may also be terminated from the program.

All of the staff working with the program will assist you to ensure that you understand what is expected of you.


The Recovery Court Judge will make all decisions regarding your participation in the Recovery Court with input from the Recovery Court Team. In addition to the Judge, the Team consists of the following members:

  • Prosecuting Attorneys
  • Defense Attorneys
  • Treatment Providers
  • Probation Officers
  • Recovery Court Coordinator

Prior to Recovery Court sessions, the Team members will meet to familiarize themselves with your progress so that they may discuss that progress with you during the review session.