A New Veterans Treatment Court designed to focus on military veterans in the criminal justice system will start in St Augustine (St Johns County). Circuit Judge Howard O. McGillin, Jr. will preside over Veterans Treatment Court in the Annex of the Richard O. Watson Judicial Center, 4010 Lewis Speedway, St Augustine.
Veterans Treatment Court is a specialized court for the 7th Judicial Circuit, aimed at helping veterans who face criminal charges and need treatment for mental health, substance abuse, traumatic injuries or PTSD. Defendants who were honorably or generally discharged mat be eligible for the court, which works with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.