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Veterans Court

US Flag The Fourth Judicial District Court and Hennepin County implemented Veterans Court in July 2010. The mission of Veterans Court is to promote public safety and assist and support veterans and their families by creating a coordinated response through collaboration with the veterans' service delivery system, community-based services, and the criminal justice system.

Hennepin County Veterans Court is a 12-18 month voluntary program. The target population consists of defendants who have served in the United State Armed Forces who are experiencing treatable behavioral and chemical health issues, i.e., PTSD, TBI, anger management/domestic violence, and/or substance abuse or chemical dependency. Under the guidance of their defense attorney and with the consent of the prosecutor, defendants may apply to participate in Veterans Court. Eligible offenses include misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony offenses (except mandatory and presumptive prison commitments) that occur in Hennepin County. Veterans Court accepts cases on both a pre- and post-disposition basis, however, the defendant must not be disputing the factual or legal basis of the criminal charges to be eligible for the Court. Veterans Court participants receive ongoing judicial supervision, are placed under intensive community supervision, undergo drug testing, and engage in treatment and other case plan activities as directed by the Court.

Judge Kerry Meyer presides over Veterans Court. If you are interested in observing Veterans Court, hearings take place every Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Hennepin County Government Center in courtroom C857.

For more information contact:

Allison Holbrook
email: Allison.Holbrook@courts.state.mn.us

Related Links

Video: Veterans Court"America Salutes: Judge Charles A. Porter and Veterans Court" (30 min. video produced by Metro Cable Network/Channel 6)

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Veterans Court Partners

State of Minnesota

  • Fourth Judicial District / Hennepin County District Court
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Employment and Economic Development
    • Veterans Employment Services

Hennepin County

  • Board of Commissioners
  • Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Department of Human Services and Public Health
    • Veterans’ Service
    • Corporate Compliance and Quality Assurance
  • Attorney’s Office
  • Public Defender’s Office
  • Sheriff's Office

U.S. government

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Minneapolis VA Medical Center
    • Veterans Benefits Administration, St. Paul Regional Office
    • Department of Justice
      • Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
    • AmeriCorps (Veteran Service Corps)

City of Minneapolis

  • Attorney’s Office
  • Police Department


  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – Minnesota
  • Battered Women’s Justice Project
  • Domestic Abuse Project
  • Council on Crime and Justice


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