The Michigan Supreme Court approved and supports Veterans’ Courts.
The goal of the Livingston County Veterans Treatment Court (LCVTC) is to divert eligible veteran-defendants from the traditional court process to a specialized criminal court docket that gives a greater focus on the faulty decision-making of veterans. Peer-to-peer and vet-to-vet mentoring is also an important part of the veterans’ court to help veterans build and achieve healthy goals.
Through these courts, Veterans are identified through evidence-based screening and assessments. Their eligibility is determined by the Prosecutor, Probation Department, Veterans’ Services and a Judge. Felonies and misdemeanors are considered. The Veteran voluntarily participates in a judicially-supervised treatment plan developed with a team of court staff, veteran health care professionals, veteran peer mentors, veteran health professionals, and mental health professionals.
Presiding Judge: Carol Sue Reader
Prosecutor: Bill Vailliencourt, APA Michael Taylor
District Court Probation
Circuit Court Probation/Parole
Vet. Justice Outreach Coordinator VA: Brad Watkins
Veteran Mentor Coordinator
Public Defender: Kevin Nagle
Veterans’ Treatment Court Coordinator: Dawn Learst