Veterans Treatment Court Act


Veterans’ courts have been created in a number of judicial districts around the United States to ensure that veterans in the criminal justice system receive the treatment and support necessary to rehabilitate them into being productive members of society. Very few states have legislation on veterans’ courts, but many local judicial districts have effectively created veterans’ courts by rule or practice. The model act and rules provide guidelines for the establishment of veterans’ courts while permitting substantial local discretion necessary to accommodate particular circumstances in different communities. Some of the issues that the model act and rules address include: what subset of veterans are entitled to diversion into a veterans’ court; for what type of offenses is diversion into a veterans’ court appropriate; what rights should victims have to participate in proceedings in veterans’ courts; and how, in general, should veterans’ courts be organized and operated.

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Legislative Tracking

2018 Introductions & Enactments
West Virginia HB 4202 StorchIntroduced


Drafting History

Origin: Completed by the Uniform Law Commission in 2017
Committee/Resources: Veterans Treatment Court Act