Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room C-10
8:00am - 4:00pm
Support and Treatment After Release (STAR) Court
STAR Court is a court-supervised program for defendants who have serious mental illnesses, which require
medication, treatment and other services, and who choose to participate in STAR Court as an alternative
to traditional supervised probation. The goal of STAR Court is to decrease the frequency of clients'
contacts with the criminal justice system by improving their social functioning skills and by linking them
to employment, housing, regular treatment, and support services.
STAR Court works in collaboration with Marin County's STAR Program, which is a full service partnership
providing culturally competent, intensive, integrated services to mentally ill offenders. Clients typically must first be in the STAR Court
before they become eligible to participate in the STAR Program.
The STAR Court Team includes a Judicial Officer, Probation Officer, Deputy District Attorney, Deputy Public Defender, STAR Program Supervisor,
Forensic-Clinical Psychologist, Social Workers, Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Family Liaison, Marin County Sheriff Re-entry Team Deputy,
Therapists, Peer Support Staff, and a Vocational Consultant.
Clients must sign an agreement to abide by the rules of STAR Court and the individual treatment plan developed
by the STAR Court Team. Typical agreements require participants to attend regular court sessions; take prescribed
medications faithfully; meet with a social worker regularly; lead law abiding lives; participate in treatment
plans; and, comply with the STAR Court Team's directives. When a participant graduates from STAR Court, he or she may
have the underlying case reduced or dismissed and probation terminated.
STAR Court consists of 3 phases (typically 6-months per phase), each with a set of legal, housing, vocational, and treatment components.
The program takes an average of 18 months to complete successfully. When participants successfully graduate
from the STAR Court, they may have their misdemeanor-related case dismissed, jail sentences stayed and/or and probation
To obtain further information, please contact the Probation Department at 415-473-6599.
Collaborative Justice Courts
Marin has implemented Adult Drug Court, Juvenile Drug Court, and STAR (Mental Health) Court. For more information
on these programs, please click on the links below.
The Marin Youth Court is an example of a restorative court program. For more information on Youth Court, please