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The Orange County Collaborative Courts and its Foundation are recognized as among the best and most innovative in the nation.

Justice for Vets

The Community Mental Health Journal has released the first published study on Veterans Treatment Court and the results are outstanding. Researchers from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services tracked 86 veterans involved with Veterans Treatment Court, all of whom were diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The Promise of Veterans Court

“When I got back from Iraq, I had a hard time adjusting. I was emotionally numb. I didn’t care about my family. I didn’t care about myself. I found life to be meaningless. I was filled with hate and anger.”

DUI Court Graduation: Repeat drunken drivers celebrate sobriety

Her voice barely audible, the mother stepped to the podium to address the court.  “Sobriety is the greatest gift I’ve ever had,” she said.  As the woman spoke, Judge Matthew Anderson, 54, beamed.  And when she finished, like others in the packed courtroom at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, the judge broke into applause.

Santa Ana Homeless Outreach Court seeks to help disadvantaged

Orange County’s growing homeless population poses special problems for the Superior Courts.  To deal with those problems the county has set up a Homeless Outreach Court system. It’s designed to help get people off the streets and save the county money.

A court to get veterans back on track

When you walk into the room with its six rows of walnut-stained, pew-like benches and raised dais, it feels like you’ve entered a chapel. And for veterans like Jesse Paredes who have gotten into trouble with the law, it has been a place of redemption.