Traditional vs. Homeless Court
Distinctions between Traditional Court and Homeless Court
Obstacles to serving the homeless population in a traditional court setting include:
To address these factors, MCRHC is a therapeutic, problem-solving court that creates a level of trust and comfort with participants.
Because court is held on the homeless campus in a less formal court setting, it has proven more welcoming to the homeless population
and gains the trust of participants. It is otherwise indistinguishable from a traditional court in the sense that there is legal
representation and the same laws and judicial procedures apply. The attorneys and the court support an alternative, non-adversarial,
and conference-like setting; thus encouraging participation. The typical sentence in MCRHC is credit applied towards a participant’s
program participation in exchange for paying fines.
- Lack of mailing address
- Lack of transportation
- Intimidating court environment
- Lack of appropriate attire
- Threat of incarceration
- Not understanding court processes