A high sierra environment, Washoe County benefits from a variety of flora including pine trees
A high sierra environment, Washoe County benefits from a variety of flora including pine trees




Veterans Court is a multi-jurisdictional court that accepts clients with misdemeanor, gross misdo, and felony charges. To be eligible the defendant needs to have been, or currently be, in the military. A substance abuse or mental health diagnosis and a relation between the criminal behavior and military experience are also necessary.


 The majority of referrals come from the Public Defenders office. Referrals are also made by law enforcement, judges, pre-trial officers, and jail staff. Family members may also make referrals. Contact the Court or get referral forms here.



There are no fees for Veterans Court. Fees ordered by the original court such as restitution or supervision fees still apply and must be paid in full before graduation from Veterans Court.


Participants must attend court on a regular basis. Hearing frequency is based on participant's needs. Court is on Wednesday at 10:30am in the Specialty Court Courtroom A, 75 Court St. Failing to appear will result in the court issuing a bench warrant.





The general rule is to attend three (3) groups, counseling, or 12-step meetings per week. All recommendations from social workers, case workers, psychologists, and/or psychiatrists will be enforced.

Veterans Court program lasts a minimum of one year.

 Court Team

There are two senior judges that rotate every three months. The Public Defender is assigned to all clients. Clients on probation will be assigned the same Probation Officer. There is also a Veterans Justice Outreach from the VA, a therapist from the VA, and a representative from the Nevada Office of Veterans Services.


If the participant is supervised by Parole and Probation, participants are expected to comply with probation and follow all requirements. 

 The Public Defenders office will work with the defendant through the entire process.

Phases and aftercare

There are four (4) phases to complete to graduate. Each phase has special requirements and will be checked before moving to the next phase. As part of phase four, an aftercare plan will be created. This may include addressing income, housing, treatment, sobriety, and medical and social issues.  

12-Step Meeting Schedules

AA Schedule

NA Schedule

GA Schedule
click on Meeting Directory, then Nevada