Veterans Treatment Courts

The combat and military service experience has left a growing number of veterans with mental health and substance abuse issues. One in five veterans has symptoms of a mental health disorder and one in six veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Inherent Resolve suffer from a substance use issue. Multiple research studies have found a link between substance use and combat-related mental illness. Left untreated, mental health disorders can directly lead to involvement in the criminal justice system. Veteran Treatment Courts help veterans suffering from substance abuse or mental health issues with early intervention & treatment through specialized dockets that treat the whole person holistically with health interventions, case management and mentorship by their peers. Each court differs in focus and scope but their goal is the same: To keep veterans out of the justice system so they can lead full and active lives.

County Veterans Treatment Courts

Summit County

The Summit County Valor Court was established because many veterans return to civilian life with serious trauma, both physical and mental, which may lead to their involvement with the criminal justice system. 

Mahoning County

The Mahoning County Honor Court Program is a diversion-based program  that helps veterans navigate the legal process. 

Judge Anthony D'Apolito

Stark County

The Stark County Honor Court is a specialized treatment court for veterans and active duty service members that have been charged with felonies in the Common Pleas Court.

Judge Taryn Heath

Hamilton County

The Felony Veterans Treatment Court is a court-supervised, comprehensive treatment collaborative, whose goal is to help address the issues that led to a veteran's contact with the criminal justice system. 

Judge Ethna Cooper

Lorain County

The Veterans’ Treatment Court seeks to reduce recidivism, increase treatment compliance and continually improve the integration of systems in Lorain County.

Judge James Walther

Warren County

The County Veterans Treatment Court is a court-supervised treatment court that helps address the issues that lead to a veteran's contact with the criminal justice system. 

Judge Gary Loxley

Athens County

Athens County has a diversion program for veterans within its Common Pleas Court to reduce multiple offenses and get them the supportive services they need. 

Judge George McCarthy

Warren County

The Veterans Treatment Court is a court-supervised treatment court within the Court of Common Pleas that helps address the issues that lead to a veteran's contact with the criminal justice system. 

Judge Timothy Tepe

Butler County

The Veterans Treatment Court specialized court docket operated by the Judges of the General Division. This is the first Veterans Court, at the Common Pleas level, in Butler County history.

Judge Michael Oster

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court has a specialized  Veterans Treatment docket that offers supportive services and a diversion program. 

Judge Timothy o'Connell

Greene County

The Veterans Treatment Court is a court-supervised, comprehensive treatment court for veterans who find themselves in contact with the justice system. 

Judge Stephen Wolaver

Municipal Veterans Treatment Courts

Franklin County

The Franklin County Veterans Treatment Court is a diversion-based program. A peer mentor is assigned to each veteran going through the program. 

Middletown

The court is located primarily in Butler County, but also cover parts of Warren County. This area gives the court a jurisdictional population of approximately 70,000.

Judge James Sherron

Cleveland

Cleveland Municipal Court’s Veterans Treatment Docket is a specialized court docket that works within the framework of the Cleveland Municipal Court and is designed to serve active-duty military service members and veterans.

Judge Charles Patton

Delaware

The Delaware MissionCourt/Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is a specialized program that works within the framework of the existing Municipal Court. 

Judge Marianne Hemmeter

Hamilton

The city's Veteran's Treatment Court is a judge-supervised treatment program whose goal is to help United States Veterans address the issues that led to contact with the criminal justice system.

Judge Brad Greenberg

Youngstown

The city Veterans Court is a diversion-based program for veterans. Graduates may have charges dismissed.

Judge Carla Baldwin

Mansfield

This is the second municipal courtroom that has a dedicated Veterans Court diversion program in place. 

Judge Frank Ardis Jr.

Mansfield

Judge Ault's Veterans Court was the first in the State of Ohio and one of the very first in the Country. Judge Ault considers it the duty of society and of the Court to incorporate treatment with justice.

Judge Jerry Ault

Marion 

The city of Marion has a specialty Veterans Docket which is dedicated to defendants who are veterans. 

Judge Teresa Ballinger

Akron

The Akron Valor Court is a specialized docket that is dedicated to defendants with military service involved in the criminal justice system. 

Judge Gerald Larson

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