Chester County Veterans Court provides treatment, support and stability to justice involved veterans. The Veterans Court utilizes a collaborative and problem-solving approach by connecting individuals to the Veterans Administration (VA), community providers and additional resources. By identifying and targeting participants’ needs, the Veterans Court promotes self-sufficiency and enhances public safety. Additional information can be found in our handbook which is linked below.
The applicant must be a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, or on active duty. Active & former Guard members and reservists are also eligible for the program. The applicant must be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense in Chester County, and they must voluntarily agree to comply with program requirements.
The client, or a person acting on behalf of the client, must make application to the program (See application link above). An assessment will be scheduled and completed with the client by the VA or a community provider. The assessor will determine if the applicant meets clinical eligibility. If clinically eligible, the District Attorney’s Office will determine legal eligibility. Provided both eligibility standards are met, the applicant, with advice from their attorney, must voluntarily agree to participate in the program.
Veterans Court has two supervision tracks: pretrial diversion or post-conviction. In general, the pretrial diversion track is 1-2 years in length, whereas the post-conviction track is generally 2-3 years in length.