NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's first criminal court docket dedicated to veterans with mental health and substances abuse issues is getting underway.
The Veterans Behavioral Health Track begins hearing cases Thursday in Nashua Circuit Court. Judicial officials say there are two cases on the docket.
The court held its opening ceremonies last month, attended by Gov. Maggie Hassan, Chief Justice Linda Dalianis and Major General William Reddel of the New Hampshire National Guard, among others.
Judge James Leary will preside over the court.
The court is designed to handle the cases of military veterans whose crimes were driven substance abuse, trauma and anger management issues that stem from their service.
The court will focus on intensive treatment to stem the tide of recidivism.
There are about 160 veterans' courts nationwide.