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, along with the VA and other organizations, work with the veteran to develop a treatment plan designed for their specific needs.
Who is eligible?
All veterans and current military members are eligible to be seen at the Kingman Veterans’ Court.
The Kingman Veterans’ Court accepts criminal misdemeanor cases and some civil traffic offenses filed in Kingman 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 Kingman City 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.
What to expect when you arrive at the courthouse
This is the front door of the Kingman Municipal courthouse. The address is 219 N. 4th Street, Kingman AZ 86401.
A parking lot is located next to the entrance of the court house. Street parking is also available.
When you arrive
When you arrive at the courthouse you need to sign in with the clerk and then go to the courtroom.
How to get to the courtroom
Veterans’ court is held in courtroom 1. Courtroom 1 is located to the left of the entrance. You will need to check in again with the security guard before you enter the courtroom.
Where you will sit
This is where you will sit while you wait for the judge to call you.
This is normally where the prosecutor or defense counsel sit.
This is the Jury Box. You may occasionally see a service provider sitting here.
Judge Jeffrey Singer presides over the Kingman 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. The VJO, your assigned attorney or other service providers 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. Participants will be asked to return twice a month in the beginning phase of treatment and then once a month during later phases of treatment.
Participants who successfully complete all court-ordered programs will receive a challenge coin and a certificate honoring their hard work and perseverance.
Why Choose Veterans Court?
Veterans Court cases are personalized to meet the participant’s needs as opposed to a traditional docket which is more standardized. The court offers a specialized program that can assist participants with medical conditions, unemployment, lack of education, homelessness, mental health issues and drug or alcohol abuse. The Veterans Court program is designed to expedite access to veteran-specific resources such as benefits and treatment. Veterans are able to utilize the same benefits earned through service.