Veterans Court is a collaborative process that includes the prosecutor, defense counsel, Judge, and sometimes the federal or local state's Department of Veteran Affairs and other community-based support organizations. The goal of Veterans Court is to rehabilitate and restore veterans as active, contributing members of their community.
Veterans Court programs typically focus on veterans who are currently in, or entering, the Criminal Justice System. The Court creates and supervises treatment plans to address the underlying causes of the veteran's behavior and/or substance abuse issues. Issues commonly addressed by the such treatment programs include:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Anger issues
- Domestic Violence
- Alcohol abuse
- Drug Abuse
By focusing on the root problems that contribute to involvement with the criminal justice system and providing specific rehabilitation programs, the Veterans Court provides an opportunity for the veteran to return to the community in a more advantageous and beneficial manner.
For informative details about the purpose, methods, and operations of veterans courts, please visit one of these websites for a useful description of what veterans courts do.
- Justice for Vets: http://www.justiceforvets.org/what-is-a-veterans-treatment-court
- Law for Veterans: http://www.lawforveterans.org/veterans-courts
Arizona's Veterans Courts - Information Links by Region
East Valley Regional Veterans Court
Maricopa County Superior Court Veterans Court (probation only)
Coconino County Superior Court Veterans Court
Kingman Veterans Court
Lake Havasu City Consolidated Court Veterans Court
Mesa Municipal Veterans Court
Phoenix Municipal Court Veterans court
Pima County Justice Court Veterans Court
Tucson Municipal and Regional Municipalities Veterans Court