Special Court for Vets to Open in Boston

Veteran American FlagBOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts court system is planning to launch its second program geared for the specific needs of veterans.

Officials announced Thursday that a Veterans Treatment Court will begin on Jan. 29 at the Boston Municipal Court. The first such court in the state opened in Norfolk County about 18 months ago.

The court is staffed by specially-trained judges, lawyers, clinicians and probation officers. It provides services to help veterans deal with criminal charges, substance abuse problems and mental health issues.

Judge Eleanor Sinnott, a former Navy intelligence officer, will preside over the Boston court, funded in part by $65,000 from the city.

The Norfolk County court, the first of its kind in Massachusetts, is one of at least 130 Veterans Treatment Courts currently operating around the country.