Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) is a voluntary program available in most Local Courts in New South Wales that provides the opportunity for adult defendants with substance abuse problems to work towards rehabilitation as part of the bail process.

Defendants can be identified by the Magistrates, solicitor, police or the defendants themselves as suitable for assessment for the MERIT program.

The MERIT team will then conduct an assessment after which the defendant may be accepted into MERIT to receive targeted drug and alcohol treatment. The Court may make the defendants involvement in MERIT a bail condition of bail.

MERIT program targeting alcohol is available only at selected courts, whereas the majority of courts entry is restricted to those whose primary concern is illict drugs.

Participating Courts

Albion Park  
Tel: 4254 2700
Fax: 4254 2771
Junee
Tel: 6923 5761
Fax: 6923 5751
Parramatta
Tel: 9840 3474
Fax: 8838 2025

Ballina
Tel: 6620 7650
Fax: 6621 6212
Katoomba
Tel: 4734 2131
Fax: 4734 3145
Penrith
Tel: 4734 2131
Fax: 4734 3145
Bankstown
Tel: 8778 0700
Fax: 8778 0768 
Kempsey
Tel: 6586 6030
Fax: 6586 6040
​Picton
Tel: 8788 0700
Fax: 8788 0768
Bathurst
Phone: 6369 2070
Fax: 6361 4629
Kiama
Tel: 4254 2700
Fax: 4254 2771
Port Kembla
Tel: 4254 2700
Fax: 4254 2771
Blacktown
Tel: 9840 3474
Fax: 8838 2025
Kyogle
Tel: 6620 7650
Fax: 6621 6212
Port Macquarie
Tel: 6586 6030
Fax: 6586 6040
Blayney
Phone: 6369 2070
Fax: 6361 4629
Lismore
Tel: 6620 7650
Fax: 6621 6212
Queanbeyan
Tel: 6299 1725
Fax: 6299 1426
Broken Hill
Tel: (08) 8088 7199
Fax: (08) 8087 8970
Liverpool
Tel: 8778 0700
Fax: 8778 0768
Raymond Terrace
Tel: 4016 4656
Fax: 4016 4661
Burwood 
Tel: 9515 7611
Fax: 9515 3722
Maclean
Tel: 6620 7650
Fax: 6621 6212
Singleton
Tel: 6543 2677
Fax: 6541 4004
Byron Bay
Tel: (07) 5506 7010
Fax: (07) 5506 7022
Maitland
Tel: 4016 4656
Fax: 4016 4661
Sutherland
Tel: 9540 7464
Fax: 9540 7579
Campbelltown
Tel: 8778 0700
Fax: 8778 0768
Manly
Tel: 9462 9199
Fax: 9439 2973
Tamworth H
Tel: 6766 8081
Fax: 6766 8083
Casino
Tel: 6620 7650
Fax: 6621 6212
Milton
Tel: 4422 5822
Fax: 4422 9684
Toronto
Tel: 4016 4656
Fax: 4016 4661
Cessnock
Tel: 4016 4656
Fax: 4016 4661
Mt Druitt
Tel: 9840 3474
Fax: 8838 2025
Tweed Heads
Tel: (07) 5506 7010
Fax: (07) 5506 7022
Coffs Harbour
Tel: 6650 0126
Fax: 6650 0098
Mullimbimby
Tel: (07) 5506 7010
Fax: (07) 5506 7022
Wagga Wagga
Tel: 6923 5761
Fax: 6923 5751
Cooma
Tel: 6299 1725
Fax: 6299 1426
Murwillumbah
Tel: 6620 7650
Fax: 6621 6212
Wauchope
Tel: 6586 6030
Fax: 6586 6040
Downing Centre
Tel: 9332 8788
Fax: 9332 8789
Muswellbrook
Tel: 6543 2677
Fax: 6541 4004
Waverley S
Tel: 9211 9277
Fax: 9281 5490
Dubbo
Tel: 6881 4064
Fax: 6885 4577
Newcastle
Tel: 4016 4656
Fax: 4016 4661
Wellington
Tel: 6884 7089
Fax: 6885 4577
Fairfield
Tel: 8778 0700
Fax: 8778 0768
Newtown
Tel: 9515 7611
Fax: 9515 3722
Wilcannia
Tel: (08) 8088 7199
Fax: (08) 8087 8970
Forbes
Phone: 6369 2070
Fax: 6361 4629
Nowra Tel: ​4422 5822
Fax: ​​4422 9684
Wollongong
Tel: 4254 2700
Fax: 4254 2771
Gosford
Tel: 4320 3057
Fax: 4320 2423
Oberon
Tel: 6392 6800
Fax: 6392 6805
Woy Woy
Tel: 4320 3057
Fax: 4320 2423
Grafton
Tel: 6620 7650
Fax: 6621 6212
Orange
Phone: 6369 2070
Fax: 6361 4629
Wyong C
Tel: 4356 9300
Fax: 4356 9305
Hornsby
Tel: 9462 9199
Fax: 9439 2973
​​Parkes
Phone: 6369 2070
Fax: 6361 4629
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