What is Veterans Court?
Veterans Court is a problem solving court that focuses on treatment rather than punishment. The Court recognizes that there may be underlying issues that can contribute to legal issues. There are no trials in Veterans Court. The Court and the VA work with the veteran to develop a treatment plan designed for their specific needs.
Who is eligible?
The Flagstaff Veterans’ Court only accepts veterans who are VA eligible, unless the services can be paid for by the veteran.
The Flagstaff Veterans’ Court accepts criminal misdemeanor cases filed in Flagstaff Municipal Court. A misdemeanor is a minor criminal offense. A few examples of a misdemeanor are disorderly conduct, petty theft or trespass. The veteran, prosecutor and judge must all agree before a case is referred to the Veterans’ Court docket.The Flagstaff Prosecutor’s Oﬃce can refuse admission to this Court if admission would violate the law or the interest of justice. If the charge(s) are being challenged, the case will be referred to a non‐Veteran Court docket.
Every treatment program is designed to meet each individual’s needs. The Court recognizes that every person is different and experiences a range of issues associated with service in the military or other life circumstances. By having served our country you are given the opportunity to receive the help you need to attempt to resolve the barrier that is preventing you from living a healthy life. A unique plan is designed for each veteran. The program can be covered by the VA for those who qualify.
There is a parking lot on the south side of the courthouse. Additional parking is located one block west at the Flagstaff City Hall.
What to expect when you arrive at the courthouse
This is the front door of the Flagstaff Municipal courthouse. The courthouse is located at 15 N. Beaver Street Flagstaff, Arizona 86001.
When you enter the door you will have to go through security.
How to get to the courtroom
Once inside, go to the courtroom that says “Division 1”.
Inside the Courtroom
This is where you will sit while you wait for the judge to call you.
This is where the prosecutor and the Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator (VJO) sit.
Judge Michael Araujo presides over the Flagstaff Veterans’ Court.
Court Session Begins
At the beginning of the court session, all attendees are asked to state their name and the branch of military served. The Judge will then explain the sequence of events taking place in court and introduces the staff members. The VJO may also meet with you regarding your treatment plan. Each person on the docket will be called individually to speak. The Judge will discuss individual treatment plans and the progress being made. A new court date will be scheduled for a status review of the veteran’s case.
End of Court Session
After you speak with the judge you will schedule your next court date. While time frames vary, participants may be asked to visit once a month if the treatment plan is followed as expected.
When the veteran successfully completes the treatment program, the judge will acknowledge the veteran and give a certificate honoring the veteran's hard work and perseverance.
Why Choose Veterans Court?
Veterans Court cases are handled on a more personal level. The judge and the service providers care about each individual’s success with their treatment programs. Successful completion of the treatment program can rehabilitate a person and decrease the likelihood of re-offending. In some cases certain charges can be reduced.