In a surprise late announcement, Camden County will be opening a new DWI Court.

The Camden County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued a press release Thursday evening that the inaugural session would be held at 9 a.m. December 22, 2017 at the Camden County Courthouse with Judge Aaron Koeppen presiding.

The court’s mission statement is “to provide a collaborative, coordinated substance use disorder treatment program involving intensive case management which holds participants accountable empowering them to break the cycle of substance use and/or abuse in order that they will become productive law abiding members of our communities,” according to the press release.

Representatives from Pathways Mental Health, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Probation and Parole, and Court Probationary Services have been involved in the planning and training for this endeavor for many months.

“These agencies and others are excited for the opportunity to conduct the inaugural setting of this court. All the team members and their respective agencies have contributed a considerable amount of time to make this court a reality and we believe this court will prove to be a good stewardship of taxpayer funds,” the press release goes on to state.

Earlier in 2016, circuit judges had announced the intent to establish drug courts in the circuit.

Further details about the DWI Court are not available at this time.