(730 ILCS 167/5)
The General Assembly recognizes that veterans and active, Reserve
and National Guard servicemembers have provided or are currently providing an invaluable
service to our country. In so doing, some may suffer the effects of, including but not limited to,
post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression and may also suffer drug and
alcohol dependency or addiction and co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse problems.
As a result of this, some veterans or active duty servicemembers come into contact with the
criminal justice system and are charged with felony or misdemeanor offenses. There is a critical
need for the criminal justice system to recognize these veterans, provide accountability for their
wrongdoing, provide for the safety of the public and provide for the treatment of our veterans. It
is the intent of the General Assembly to create specialized veteran and servicemember courts or
programs with the necessary flexibility to meet the specialized problems faced by these veteran
and servicemember defendants.
(Source: P.A. 96-924, eff. 6-14-10.)