Regional Courts Handling VTC Cases
With 26 justice courts in Maricopa County, each one can refer a case to the appropriate region. The four courts and judges work together to provide the same services to all veterans.
Judge Donald Watts from the Manistee Justice Court presides over VTC cases referred from the following courts:
- Agua Fria
- Country Meadows
- North Valley
- White Tank
Manistee Justice Court is located at:
The Northwest Regional Court Center
14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane
Surprise, AZ 85374
(602) 372-2000, option 3
VeteransCourt-NW@jbazmc.maricopa.gov (Note: the judge does not review these emails. Please allow up to 3 days for staff to reply.)
Judge Michele Reagan from the McDowell Mountain Justice Court presides over VTC cases referred from the following courts:
- Desert Ridge
- Dreamy Draw
- McDowell Mountain
- Moon Valley
- University Lakes
McDowell Mountain Justice Court is located at:
The Northeast Regional Court Center
18040 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 372-7000, option 2
VeteransCourt-NE@jbazmc.maricopa.gov (Note: the judge does not review these emails. Please allow up to 3 days for staff to reply.)
Judge Ken Cheuvront from the Encanto Justice Court presides over VTC cases referred from the following courts:
- Arcadia Biltmore
- South Mountain
- West McDowell
Encanto Justice Court is located at:
The Downtown Justice Center
620 E. Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 372-6300, option 1 or 2, then 2
VeteransCourt-DT@jbazmc.maricopa.gov (Note: the judge does not review these emails. Please allow up to 3 days for staff to reply.)
Judge Jordan Ray from the Highland Justice Court presides over VTC cases referred from the following courts:
- East Mesa
- North Mesa
- San Marcos
- San Tan
- West Mesa
Highland Justice Court is located at:
The Southeast Justice Center
222 E. Javelina Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85210
VeteransCourt-SE@jbazmc.maricopa.gov (Note: the judge does not review these emails. Please allow up to 3 days for staff to reply.)
All parities can appear in person or by video for VTC. If you have an attorney please have him or her appear with you.
To appear in person, ensure you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time to allow time to clear security and check in at the court window.
To appear by video, click the appropriate courtroom link below 15 minutes before your scheduled time. You will be placed into a waiting room and then the Judge will allow you into the meeting when it is time for your case.
|Regional Court:||Seen At:||Video Link|
|Northwest (Surprise)||Manistee Justice Court||https://tinyurl.com/jbazmc-manistee|
|Northeast (North Phoenix)||McDowell Mountain Justice Court||https://tinyurl.com/jbazmc-mcdowellmtn|
|Central (Downtown Phoenix)||Encanto Justice Court||https://tinyurl.com/jbazmc-encanto|
|Southeast (Mesa)||Highland Justice Court||https://tinyurl.com/HighlandJC|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Most of your questions will be answered here.
Anyone with proof of service in the United States military with criminal misdemeanor charges may qualify for Veterans Treatment Court.
Proof of service will be confirmed with the Veterans Administration. Any false or misleading statements to the court or on the ROI or Form 1010 will result in being removed from VTC and possible criminal charges.
This is a form from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs which confirms your military status and identifies any benefits you may have.
NOTE: The court does not receive a copy of your medical records. Completing this form will not change your rating. This form is required no matter what your current status is.
This is a Release Of Information form. When you sign this, it allows the the organizations or persons listed to talk with us about your treatment plan to better serve you.
You may ask the court currently handling your case for a transfer. That judge must then request the case be moved to the VTC. The request must be approved by the Presiding Justice of the Peace.
The court must receive these forms from you within ten working days from your initial appearance in VTC (or as ordered by the Judge) or you may be removed from the program and the case will return to the original court.
Misdemeanor criminal charges in any of the 26 Maricopa County Justice Courts may be handled in Veterans Treatment Court.
Examples of misdemeanors may be criminal speeding, DUI, assault, and trespassing.
VTC does not accept civil actions. Examples of cases that are not accepted: evictions, small claims and civil suits.
A 100% commitment to follow the direction of the court. You will get out of the court what you put into the court.
It is your responsibility to make sure you appear. If you fail to appear you will most likely be removed from VTC.
Confirm with the court that they have all your current contact information.
The court will provide options for criminal charges.
The court or its volunteers or staff may also be able to help with resources for jobs, housing, bus passes, groceries, etc.
All three of these forms need to be completed and sent to the court before your first hearing:
VA health cards can not be accepted in place of the 1010.
Each form can be downloaded from the link above then filled out and printed. Submit to the appropriate court by fax, email, or in person at the court at the counter or outside the building in the grey drop box that says Justice Court Filings Only. This box is available 24 hours a day. Please put any papers in an enveloped marked Veterans Treatment Court.
Do not take a photo of the document and send it as an attachment. Too often, printed words in photos are not fully legible and the court must be able to fully read the form.
Incorrect forms will not be processed.
The judge may grant a 14-day extension to complete the forms. Failure to complete the forms will result in your case being transferred out of VTC.
Events with Court Participation
All 26 justice courts participate in events to help veterans resolve their court issues. These include:
Maricopa County StandDown
This event is held every year at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. It is the biggest event of its kind in the country, offering veterans resources for many aspects of life: housing, health care, employment, clothing, legal assistance, and more. The goal is to "pave the way" for veterans facing crises to live fully-functioning lives.
This is a program of the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, a division of the Arizona Housing Coalition. Visit https://www.azhousingcoalition.org/avsa to see details on all their upcoming events and learn how to register a veteran in need.
Glendale Stand Up For Veterans
This is a smaller, but just as important event targeted at veterans in the Northwest Valley. Hosted in the Fall at Arizona Christian University, the City of Glendale brings dozens of courts, counselors, and vendors together to deliver needed services and advice. Visit https://glendalestandup.org/ to get the date of the next occurrence.
The links below are not necessarily associated with the court. Please review their services to your satisfaction before using them.
- Arizona Legal Center (answers about the legal system): https://arizonalegalcenter.org
- Law For Veterans (non profit from the Arizona Bar Foundation): https://www.lawforveterans.org
- Veterans in Crisis: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net
- Arizona Post Service Officers: https://vetslink.org
- Old Breed Detachment 767 of the Marine Corps League: https://www.obd767.com
- Lake Havasu Veterans Treatment Court: https://www.lhcaz.gov/court/veterans-court