The Consent Docket represents a minimal service intervention. In addition to a simplified court process, most of the burden for fulfilling and verifying court orders is placed on the client and family. Failure of the youth to comply can lead to a case transfer to the formal docket where supervision and court intervention are increased. Casework staff implement the court order, receive verification of compliance, and report to the court. Personal contact is minimal; usually four contacts during the course of the case.
The Consent Docket is designed for first-time offenders, where the offense is not so serious as to consider removal from home. Most non-divertable felonies will not be considered. Clients and families who appear to have the strengths to fulfill court orders on their own can be considered. To be eligible for the Consent Docket, the youngster must make a voluntary and knowledgeable guilty plea.
A youth placed on the Consent Docket can expect to receive at least the following services post-disposition:
- One face-to-face interview with caseworker within ten days of disposition, to insure understanding of the court's expectations, establish time lines for completing any orders, and get signatures on rules of the Consent agreement.
- Explanation of Youth Community Service and/or restitution requirements and a list of sites for completing assignments.
- Information and referral list for counseling, if part of the order.
- Telephone contact with caseworker one month after the Consent agreement is initiated, to determine progress.
- One face-to-face interview with caseworker at mid-point of the Consent term.
- One face-to-face interview just prior to review date.
NOTE: Additional contacts may be provided based on client need.