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?
Only veterans are eligible at the Maricopa County Veterans’ Court.
The Maricopa County Veterans’ Court accepts felony offenses where the veteran is already on probation. If a veteran is eligible for probation he/she will be screened by the probation department to see what probation unit best fits his/her needs. If the veteran is placed on the specialized veterans’ case load, the probation officer will contact the judge to add the veteran to the calendar as needed depending on the veteran's compliance while on probation, and the risk and needs of the veteran.
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
The Maricopa County Veterans’ Court is located at 175 West Madison Street in Phoenix, Arizona. It is in the South Court Tower of the Maricopa County Superior Court.
There is a parking garage located across the street from the courthouse at 132 South 1st Avenue. Another parking garage is located approximately three blocks from the courthouse at 701 West Jefferson Street.
When you enter the door you will have to go through security.
How to Get to the Courtroom
Take the escalator or the elevator to the second floor and go to courtroom 2B.
Before you go into the courtroom, will need to sign in here first.
Inside the Courtroom
This is where you will sit while you wait for the judge to call you.
Commissioner Wendy Morton presides over the Maricopa County 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, the Public Defender 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.
End of Court Session
After you speak with the judge you will schedule your next court date. Participants are seen at the discretion of the probation officer and veterans’ court staff members depending on the participant’s compliance, risk and needs.
Why Choose Veterans Court?
Veterans Court cases are handled on a more personal level. One advantage of participating in the Maricopa County Veterans Court is that veterans on probation may decrease their length time if they do well. The will also have a probation officer who is knowledgeable with issues veterans face and have the resources to help them. The judge and the service providers care about each participant's success with the treatment program. Successful completion of the treatment program can rehabilitate a person and decrease the likelihood of re-offending.