Veterans Courts

Veterans treatment courts focus on treating the real causes of veteran’s criminal behavior – mental illness, lasting effects of war trauma, military sexual trauma, and substance abuse – to reduce recidivism. Veterans share military experiences and take part in a program tailored to meet the needs of each veteran. Veterans treatment courts are intended to increase the likelihood of participant staying in and completing treatment to improve law-abiding behavior.

Eligibility Requirements

Are You Eligible for Veterans Treatment Court?

Eligibility requirements for veterans treatment courts will differ by the court. Veterans treatment courts accept all service areas and military branches – including reserves and National Guard. Most veterans treatment courts accept certain types of felony case, and require

  • the client has served in the military,
  • has a criminal case,
  • and is experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI),  Military Sexual Trauma (MST) , alcohol or substance abuse or addiction, or other diagnosed mental health disorders.

However, some courts may not require military status, veteran discharge status, Department of Veteran Affairs services eligibility, or that the veterans was in combat/hazard zones. Additional general eligibility requirements may include:

  • Admission of guilt or no contest to charges.
  • An offense connected related to military service and caused by any one of the following: mental health disorder, substance abuse addiction or military sexual trauma.
  • Misdemeanor and felony cases and some limit admission to non-violent misdemeanors.
  • Agree to participate complete a 15 - 18-month program.

Veterans Treatment Court Eligibility Flowchart

   General Resources Link                    Veteran Services link                    You may be eligible for veterans treatment court

Veterans Treatment Courts in California

California currently has veterans treatment courts in the counties below with more under consideration/development.


Veterans Court Locations

County Veteran Court Location Meeting Time Coordinator

Alameda

Department 9
1225 Fallon St
Oakland, California 94612

El Dorado

Department 4
1354 Johnson Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150

Second Thursday Julie Incopero

El Dorado

495 Main Street
Placerville, California 95667
Second Mondays at 2:30 p.m. Shana Sams

Kern

1215 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, California 93301

One time per year in October Terry McNally
Kings

460 Kings County Drive, Suite 101
Hanford, California 93230

Weekly

Kelly Baker

Yadira Amial-Cota

Los Angeles

Location 1:
Veteran Treatment Court
At the Veteran Administration Regional Building, Room 116
James W. Wadsworth Building
11303 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90073

Location 2:
Lancaster
Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse

42011 4th Street West 
Lancaster, California 93534

Location 3:
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
210 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, California 90012

Location 1: Meets 1-2 times per week. Approximately 30 participants.
 

Location 2: Meets monthly

Location 1:
Christine Moore

Location 2:
Jim Henderson

Monterey

Veterans' Treatment Court, Dept. 10
240 Church Street
Salinas, California 93901

First Thursday of each month Nona Medina
Orange

Orange County Veterans
Treatment Court
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, California 92702

Every Tuesday Kim Parsons
Placer

Veterans’ Court/Homeless Court, Dept. 33
10820 Justice Center Drive
Roseville, California 95677

1st Friday of the month Justin Sherman
Riverside

4100 Main Street
Riverside, California 92501

Wednesdays and Fridays Maury Benemie
Sacramento

Veterans Treatment Court, Dept. 9
720 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Twice per month, on the first and third Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm. Yvette Woolfolk
San Bernardino

Veterans Treatment Court
247 W. 3rd St.
San Bernardino, California 92415

Wednesdays
Case conferencing: 11am - noon

Court review hearings:
1:30 - 2:30 pm

Deborah Cima
San Diego

Veterans Treatment Court, Dept. 34
220 West Broadway
San Diego, California 92101

Tuesdays Scott Brown
San Joaquin

Veterans' Court, Room 89
222 E. Weber Avenue
Stockton, California 95202

Virginia Wimmer
San Luis Obispo

Veterans Treatment Court
1055 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93401

Fridays Rosana Ortiz
San Mateo

Location 1:
Veterans Treatment Court
400 County Center
Redwood City, California 94063

Location 2:
Military Diversion Court
400 County Center
Redwood City, California 94063

Location 1: Twice a month

Location 2: Monthly

Micheal Scott Peyton
Santa Barbara

Building E
312 East Cook Street
Santa Maria, California 93454

Amy Lopez
Shasta

Location 1:
Veterans’ Court/IDP, Room 205
1500 Court Street
Redding, California 96001

Location 2:
Veterans’ Court/WINGS
2680 Radio Lane
Redding, California 96001

Location 2: Third Thursday each month Probation Dept.
Solano

Veterans Treatment Court
600 Union Avenue
Fairfield, California 94533

Every other Friday, 1:30 pm Cynthia Garcia
Tulare

Tulare County Veteran's Court, Room 206
221 South Mooney Boulevard
Visalia, California 93291

Priscilla Elizondo
Ventura

Ventura County Veterans Intervention Program, Dept. 37
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, California 93009

Thursdays at 2 pm Jill Barrios

Court and General Resources for Veterans

Court Resources for Veterans

Notification of Military Status Form (Form MIL-100): If you are a member of the military or a veteran and are involved in a court case, you may have certain rights and protections. You, or someone on your behalf, can let the court know you are or were in the armed services or reserves.

California Penal Code 1170.9 details the eligibility requirements for certain rights and protections associated with Veterans Treatment Courts.

Legal Services for Veterans

Judicial Council of California: Veterans Treatment Court Fact Sheet
National Association of Drug Court Professionals: Justice for Vets

General Resources for Veterans

Veterans Services Landscape in California

  • The Demographics of California’s Veterans
  • Overview of Services Available to Veterans
  • Provision of Specified Services to Veterans
  • Issues for Legislative Consideration and Opportunities to Improve Service Delivery

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) has information on healthcare, housing, education, employment and benefits, as well as links to information on statewide events called “Stand Downs.” A Stand Down is a locally sponsored event where homeless veterans can find information about social services and other resources.

Crisis Hotline

Free Counseling

Connect to Other Veterans

Support for Women Veterans

Benefits and Services Assistance

Addiction Services

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