While the Hall and Dawson County courthouses both remain open at this time, you’re encouraged to conduct business over the phone and make an appointment before visiting. Please review our Hours of Operation and Contact Information. Prior to visiting either courthouse, however, please review the Order for Temporary Health Measures.



Veterans Treatment Court



The Veterans Treatment Court program is designed to assist military veterans involved with the criminal justice system through treatment intervention with immediate judicial review that supports addressing potential co-occurring substance abuse and trauma issues.


Mission

It is the mission of the Hall County Veterans Treatment Court to provide alternatives to incarceration for veterans of the Armed Services with misdemeanor and felony offenses by linking those individuals to local, community-based treatment resources with the goal of reducing recidivism and helping to prevent further involvement in the criminal justice system. Additionally, we strive to promote public safety and to support and assist veterans and their families. We accomplish this by responding, coordinating, and advocating for integration to community resources and providing a path to wellness, recovery, and rehabilitation.



Eligibility and Disqualification Criteria

Both misdemeanor and felony offenses are accepted. The criminal offense must have a direct nexus to behaviors related to substance use or mental health disorders. Veterans entering the program with felony charges may be pre-plea, post-plea/pre-sentence, post-plea/post-sentence, or probation revocation. Participants entering the misdemeanor track most often enter post-plea/post-sentence, and participation in the program is made a requirement of probation. Sentencing may be withheld for some post-plea cases but this is determined on a case-by-case basis.


Some factors may exclude certain individuals from being eligible for the Veterans Court Program. These factors include:

  • Prior felony convictions (other than first possession)
  • Conviction of any violent offenses other than what was stated above
  • Pending felony charges in other jurisdictions
  • Sale of controlled substance
  • Sex offenses


Referral Information

Referrals for Veterans Treatment Court participation come from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the Gainesville Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Solicitor-General’s Office, the Hall County Detention Center, private defense attorneys, and other accountability court programs.


Referral Form

Court Calendar


Misdemeanor Dates
  • 1/15/19
  • 2/5/19
  • 2/19/19
  • 3/5/19
  • 3/19/19
  • 4/2/19
  • 4/16/19
  • 5/7/19
  • 5/21/19
  • 6/4/19
  • 6/18/19
  • 7/2/19
  • 7/16/19
  • 8/6/19
  • 8/20/19
  • 9/3/19
  • 10/1/19
  • 10/15/19
  • 11/5/19
  • 11/19/19
  • 12/3/19
  • 12/17/19

Felony Dates
  • 1/8/19
  • 1/22/19
  • 2/12/19
  • 2/26/19
  • 3/12/19
  • 3/26/19
  • 4/9/19
  • 4/23/19
  • 5/14/19
  • 5/28/19
  • 6/11/19
  • 6/25/19
  • 7/9/19
  • 7/23/19
  • 8/13/19
  • 8/27/19
  • 9/10/19
  • 9/24/19
  • 10/8/19
  • 10/22/19
  • 11/12/19
  • 11/26/19
  • 12/10/19
  • 12/24/19

No Court
  • 1/29/19
  • 4/30/19
  • 7/30/19
  • 10/29/19
  • 12/31/19

Graduation Dates:
  • Superior Court
    • 1/29/19 @9:00am
    • 4/30/19 @9:00am
    • 7/30/19 @9:00am
    • 10/29/19 @9:00am
  • State Court
    • 2/19/19 @9:00am
    • 4/16/19 @9:00am
    • 6/18/19 @9:00am
    • 12/3/19 @9:00am


Testimonies

“Veterans Treatment Court opened my eyes to issues that I have. I used alcohol as a way to numb my emotions or issues that I did not want to face. Being in the program has forced me to face those issues sober. Working with staff has helped and will continue helping me face and work through issues in my life.”

B.H.

“When I started this program I was a ‘hot mess’. I had an order that kept me from contacting my children, I was piling on debt, and my wife was in a separate rehab facility. Fast forward through the program; I have gotten my kids back full time, I am out of debt, I started a successful business, my relationship with my wife is 100% better, and my life is back on track. Without this program none of these successes would have been possible. I owe my life to Veterans Treatment Court. It literally saved me and my family.”

J.L.

“Upon entering HVT, some 5 years or so ago, I was in very poor shape, both mentally and physically. This program, I know has saved my life. Not only am I clean and sober today, but I’ve since become service connected which has helped me to better understand my mental health and how my substance abuse came to bring me to near self-destruction. Through the accountability of VTC I’ve been given the opportunity to clear my head so that I could retrain my brain and live a healthy, fun, clean and sober life.”

J.S.


Contact Us

Vacant, Counselor
Amber Hogan, Clinical Evaluator
Jason Bennett, Coordinator
Lisa Anderson-Akine, Counselor

Presiding Judges
Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin - Superior Court - NEJC
Judge B. E. Roberts III - State Court - Hall County

Physical Address: 2318 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30504
Mailing Address: P O Box 1435, Gainesville, GA 30503

Phone Number: 770-536-3837
Fax Number: 770-536-1023

Important Phone Numbers
Department of Veterans Affairs: (404) 329-2222
Greg Valpey, Defense Attorney: (770) 532-3743
Solicitor’s Office: (770) 531-7012
Drug Screen Line: (678) 261-5872
Misdemeanor Probation Services: (678) 997-2403
Bobby Patman, Department of Community Supervision: (478) 538-1777
Public Defenders Office: (770) 718-5523
Veterans Choice Program: 1-866-606-8198
Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 press 1