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Veterans' Courts in CA

Veterans Courts

A veterans court, also known as a veterans treatment court, is a problem-solving court intended to serve veterans who are involved with the justice system and whose court cases are affected by issues such as addiction, mental illness, and/or co-occurring disorders. These courts promote sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response involving cooperation and collaboration with prosecutors, defense lawyers, probation departments, county veterans service offices, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA), health-care networks, employment and housing agencies and groups, volunteer mentors who are usually also veterans, and family support organizations. Typical veterans court services include one-on-one judicial supervision, group evaluation by the collaborative team, intensive probation supervision, employment and housing assistance, medication monitoring, counseling and mentoring.

Benefits of Veterans Court

• Reduce criminal recidivism

• Facilitate participant sobriety

• Increase compliance with treatment and other court-ordered conditions

• Improve access to VA benefits and services

• Improve family relationships and social support connections

• Improve life stability

• Regain lost pride

• Honor those who have served our nation by helping them remove criminal convictions from their record

California Veterans Courts

To date, there are veterans courts in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego County, Santa Clara, Tulare, and Ventura.