"The primary purpose of [Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)] is the rehabilitation of the offender; secondarily, the purpose is the prompt disposition of charges, eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming trials or other court proceedings." Pa.R.Crim.P. Committee Introduction to Chapter 3.
The rules for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition can be found at Pa.R.Crim.P. §§ 300 et seq.
ARD procedures may differ by county. See the county's court rules for more information. Additional information may be available on the county's website:
Specialty courts, also called problem-solving courts, work to treat the underlying cause of the misconduct instead of incarceration. In Pennsylvania, select counties have established specialty courts like drug courts, mental health courts, and veteran's courts.
A partial list of problem solving courts in Pennsylvania is available on the Pa Courts website. Additional information on specialty courts may be available on the county's website or through the county's District Attorney's Office.
Five County Criminal Practice Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Law review articles can provide more information on specialty courts. HeinOnline provides access to over 1350 law reviews and bar association journals. Here are a few articles to start with: