Third Veterans Court to Open in South Florida

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Florida will soon be getting another Veterans Court, this one is scheduled to open this spring in Broward County. Chief Judge Peter Weinstein is leading the effort according to the Sun Sentinel:

“These soldiers are coming home to rebuild their lives and some will have difficulties. Often the horrors of what they saw at war can end up playing a heavy role in their conduct,” said Weinstein. “They served this country and we want to treat them with respect and get them the help they need. We have tremendous resources to help to put them back on the right track. We want this to be a therapeutic court.”

A planning session was held in December, and Weinstein has visited the Palm Beach Veterans Court, which opened almost 15 months ago. In March, the Miami-Dade Drug Court launched a similar specialized track for veterans.

The Florida lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow the establishment of a Veterans Court in each judicial circuit. The Sun Sentinel reports that the bill was unanimously passed in House Appropriations Committee and similar bills are being considered in the Senate.

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