The first veteran’s court opened in Buffalo, N.Y. in 2008. The veteran’s court model is based on drug treatment and/or mental health treatment courts. Substance abuse or mental health treatment is offered as an alternative to incarceration. Typically, veteran mentors assist with the programs. An important issue that has to be addressed is the eligibility for veteran’s courts in terms of whether charges involving felonies or crimes of violence will be allowed. The inclusion of offenders charged with inter-family violence is also of grave concern to policy makers.
Links to related online resources are listed below. Non-digitized publications may
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This article discusses the growing number of veterans with a history of mental illness or substance abuse have been appearing in courts and how courts have begun to develop and implement veterans treatment courts to help veterans get their lives back on track.
A review of state legislation dealing with veterens' courts.
In 2012, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs conducted an inventory of veterans courts, dockets, and programs, and tracks and found that Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) Specialists were active in all 168 such entities as of December 2012.
"Veterans Track Created in Nashua Mental Health Court." NH Bar News, May 21, 2014.
Veterans Assistance Program, New Jersey Courts.
This manual provides a description of the veterans’ court process for veterans who may be eligible.
Indiana Veteran’s courts and all other problem solving courts are required to be certified by the Indiana Judicial Center.
This guide provides information on eligibility, referral process, and scheduling of hearings.
This program trains volunteer mentors to coach, guide and act as role models for veterans.