Justice Larsen to attend Veterans Treatment Court graduation

The North Oakland County Veterans Treatment Court, which is run by the 51st District Court in Waterford, will celebrate the strength and dedication of five veterans who have completed the Veterans Treatment Court program requirements.

Presiding Judge Richard D. Kuhn Jr. will welcome Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan L. Larsen as a guest at the graduation on Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m. in 51st District Court Courtroom #1, 5100 Civic Center Drive in Waterford.

The North Oakland County Veterans Treatment Court was established in 2013 and has since helped 24 former servicemen pursue healthier lifestyles. The five participants to graduate have fulfilled the treatment court’s strict requirements which include mandatory counseling, community service, and other rehabilitative services.

Problem-solving courts are non-traditional courts that focus on nonviolent offenders whose underlying medical and social problems have contributed to recurring contacts with the criminal justice system. According to the Michigan Supreme Court 2015 report “Solving Problems, Saving Lives,” Michigan leads the nation with 23 veterans treatment courts. More information about how these specialty courts are solving problems and saving lives can be found at www.courts.mi.gov/pscreport.