A drug court takes place within a wider organism/environment field, and in New South Wales, Australia, drug courts have been tested as part of the unique Drug Summit initiated by the State Government. This article considers the various phenomenological realities from which drug courts can be viewed. It offers the view that in some ways, drug courts are a creative adjustment by the wider society, with the focus of drug-related problems placed solely on the illicit drug user. The article proposes possibilities for extension of the phenomenological inquiry and dialogical relationship within drug courts to further support the work by Wheeler, and counteract the potential scapegoating of illicit drug users.

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