Regional Veterans Court
King County celebrated the launch of Veterans Court at an opening ceremony on June 14, 2012
Veterans joined officials from the King County District Court and members of the Metropolitan King County Council on June 14, 2012, to commemorate the establishment of King County’s new Regional Veterans Court. The Regional Veterans Court follows the model established by the County’s other award-winning therapeutic courts—Regional Mental Health Court and Drug Court—which focus on treatment and rehabilitation rather than incarceration.
The Regional Veterans Court is the result of planning by multiple King County departments and other community agencies, including: the King County District Court, Metropolitan King County Council, King County Executive Office, King County Prosecutor, Office of Public Defense, Veterans Health Administration and King County Mental Health and Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division. The Department of Veterans Affairs for the state and federal governments also shared in the planning process.
In its initial pilot year, it is expected that up to 15 veterans will participate in King County’s Regional Veterans Court. The pilot will function within the available resources of the Regional Mental Health Court, with Judge Michael Finkle assigned as the judge for both courts. With a focus on rehabilitation, the Regional Veterans Court will connect eligible veterans to treatment and counseling services available through local providers and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.