As more and more veterans return from military service, the courts are seeing an increasing number of offenders with service related trauma. Such trauma has resulted in higher rates of divorce, drug and alcohol abuse, and in some cases, incarceration and suicide in veterans.
Without appropriate treatment these veterans are at risk of harming themselves or others.In most cases, treatment and services are available to the veteran through the Veterans Administration to address their special needs. However, many do not voluntarily seek treatment because of their failure to recognize they need treatment, the social stigma in seeking treatment, or simply being unaware of the services available.
Veterans Court is based on a collaborative initiative between: Maricopa County Adult Probation Department, Veterans Service Outreach Specialist, Carl Hayden Veterans Hospital, The Veterans Administration Regional Office, Magellan, Maricopa County Attorney, Maricopa County Public Defender, Terros Veteran Peer Navigator, Correctional Health Services and Behavioral Health Provider Networks.
On January 20, 2011 the court kicked off their first ever Veterans Court Calendar. The Court works with high risk veterans who are currently on probation with Maricopa County Adult Probation.
Criminal Court Presiding Judge Joseph C. Welty and Commissioner Barbara Spencer oversee the program.
The court calendar is every Thursday from 2:00 to 4:30 pm in the South Court Tower Courtroom 2B.
The Mission of Veterans Court:
We unite through collaborative efforts for Veterans in our criminal justice system; with conviction,
compassion and deliberate justice; to address substance abuse, alcoholism and behavioral health issues
endured by those who gave so dearly to protect our community.