Resources for Court Professionals


Veterans Day Toolkit - Ensure your program recieves media attention on Veterans Day

Throughout November Justice For Vets is encouraging all Veterans Treatment Courts to reach out to their communities and local media. This is the perfect time to tell the story of the incredible transformation brought about every day in Veterans Treatment Court. Download your toolkit to get started.


Dispatch From the Front Lines - Resource Publications on Key Issues Facing Veterans Treatment Courts

Dispatch from the Front Lines is a publication offered by Justice For Vets to assist existing and future Veterans Treatment Courts on a variety of topics to include Veteran Mentors, working with Veterans Service Organizations, partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and State Veterans Agencies, as well as other policy related topics. Read Dispatch from the Front Lines.


The National Mentor Corps - Volunteer Veteran Mentors in Veterans Treatment Court

No bond is as strong as the one that exists among those who have fought for their country.  Volunteer Veteran Mentors in Veterans Treatment Courts come to the aid of their fellow veterans who are struggling and in need.  This opportunity allows veterans in court to interact with their peers, and connect to the many local, state and federal resources that are available.  Learn more.


Mentor Court Program - Apply to visit one of four Mentor Veterans Treatment Courts

Jurisdictions across the nation have the opportunity to learn from one of four nationally recognized Veterans Treatment Courts to learn from the experts what it takes to implement one of these life saving programs.  Individuals are given the opportunity to interact with judges, Veteran Mentors, prosecutors, treatment providers and other team members vital to the success of Veterans Treatment Courts. Read more or signup to visit a Mentor Court.


Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative - Comprehensive Veterans Treatment Court Training

The Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative is designed to assist jurisdictions in the planning and development of a Veterans Treatment Court.  This training arms Veterans Treatment Courts with the technical assistance, guidance and resources to successfully implement one of these programs. Learn more.



The widespread growth and early success of Veterans Treatment Courts has led many states to introduce bills pertaining to justice-involved veterans and Veterans Treatment Courts. We stand ready to assist state legislators and policy makers with Veterans Treatment Court legislation.  Read some examples of current state legislation or contact us for assistance.


Studies and Statistics

As Veterans Treatment Courts expand across the nation, it is vital Veterans Treatment Court professionals and those engaged with justice-involved veterans stay informed and up to date with the latest studies and statistics. Learn more.


Additional Resources

Veterans Treatment Courts involve the cooperation and collaboration with many local, state and federal partners.  Read more on how to connect your court with these resources:

VTCs and The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VTCs and The U.S. Department of Labor

VTCs and State Departments of Veterans Affairs

VTCs and Veterans Service Organizations




After the Uniform is a documentary that takes a look at the post-service lives of veterans. The people profiled in the video will help audiences understand PTSD and other psychological issues veterans may face after their service ends.This 45 minute video is a great resource for veterans and their families, and anyone who may provide resources and support to the military.


“Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Veterans Who Have Lost Their Way” is an internet broadcast that highlights the ins-and-outs of Veterans Treatment Courts. The program features experts in the Veterans Treatment Court field, including Judge Robert Russell, founder of the first Veterans Treatment Court; Nick Stefanovic, Veterans Treatment Court Graduate; Sean Clarke, Director of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Veterans Justice Outreach Program; and Melissa Fitzgerald, Senior Director of Justice For Vets, among others. With its thorough overview of these life-saving programs, from their inception in 2008, to implementation today, the broadcast is an excellent resource for jurisdictions interested in starting a Veterans Treatment Court, as well as established jurisdictions looking to improve their program. Watch Now.


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Further Reading:

A Mentor in Combat Veterans Court: Observations and Challenges  
Mentoring is nothing new, but mentoring in a combat veterans court by fellow combat veterans is new. This article comments on the role mentors play in a veterans court, mentor training, and the need for the development of mentor training specific to women.

Veterans Treatment Courts Developing Throughout the Nation
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.

An Inventory of VA involvement in Veterans Courts, Dockets and Tracks
In 2012, the Department of Veterans 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.

Leave No Veteran Behind: A special court tries to keep troubled veterans out of prison.
The Economist
This article reviews the development of veteran’s courts across the country since the 2008 opening of the Buffalo, NY court.

Finding a new normal: Special courts help vets regain discipline, camaraderie by turning to mentors who’ve served.
The Military Times Newspaper
This article provides an overview of the history, development, theoretical basis and a map of existing veterans’ courts.

Veteran’s Court Restorative Justice
Indiana Veteran’s courts and all other problem solving courts are required to be certified by the Indiana Judicial Center.

Fayette County Treatment Court Guide for Attorneys and Staff
This guide provides information on eligibility, referral process, and scheduling of hearings.

Fourth Judicial District Veterans Court – Two Year Review: July 2010 – June 2012 
This review of the Fourth Judicial District Veterans Court includes a pre-post analysis of participants at this point in the program. A full evaluation, with a matched comparison sample, will ensue once the number of graduates reaches 100 and those graduates have one year of street-time post Veterans Court.

Court Programs for Wisconsin Veterans 
A brief overview of existing programs in Wisconsin courts including several veteran's treatment courts.

The Prevalence and Problem of Military Veterans in the Maricopa County Arrestee Population 
This report provides an overview of information on veterans in the Maricopa County Jail System, drawing on data collected by the Arizona Arrestee Reporting Information Network (AARIN). This report is intended to assist the work of the Veterans Court Exploratory Committee.

Report of Veterans Arrested and Booked into the Travis County Jail
Travis County Veteran`s Intervention Project This report provides an assessment of the involvement of veterans in the criminal justice system in Travis County, Texas during a 90 day period in 2008.

Synopsis of La Crosse Model of the Veteran`s Court
This report provides an overview of veterans courts and compares the La Crosse, Wisconsin plan to existing veterans courts.

Veterans` Courts Policy Brief  
This policy brief from the Texas Public Policy Foundation reviews the information on veterans’ in the criminal justice system and reviews recent Texas legislation allowing creation of veterans’ specialty courts.

Developing and Implementing a Veterans’ Treatment Court in Michigan
This document outlines some of the procedures followed in developing the Ingham County Veterans’ Court in an effort to assist other courts in creating a Veterans’ Treatment Court.