Indiana’s court system is now home to 100 problem-solving courts, the Indiana Supreme Court announced Monday.
A veterans treatment court was recently certified in Pulaski County, marking the 100th problem-solving court to be certified in the Hoosier state.
Problem-solving courts are specialized courts addressing issues related to drug addiction, re-entry, mental health, veterans, family recovery and domestic violence, among others. Judges presiding over the courts work with local community service providers to meet the unique needs of litigants who qualify for problem-solving court participation.
“The innovative approach requires pioneering judges to coordinate with numerous resources in their supportive communities to provide intensive services and frequent court appearances for oversight,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush said in a Monday statement.
In addition to being the 100th problem-solving court, Pulaski County is the 50th of Indiana’s 92 counties to launch one of the specialized courts.
“This process has been a team effort with our supportive prosecutors, public defenders, law enforcement, community members, judges, and others from the 99 problem-solving courts already certified,” Pulaski County Judge Crystal Kocher said in a statement. “We received grant funding, training opportunities, and encouragement to bring a veteran’s treatment court to our county. It highlights the need and possibilities for rural communities around the state to provide comprehensive services.”
The full list of all 100 Hoosier problem-solving courts is available here.