J. Sauter Veterans Treatment Court

  1. Veteran Resources
  2. Mentor Information
  3. Waiver and Agreement
  4. VA Release of Information
  5. 10 Key Components of Vet Court
  6. Veteran Treatment Court Statue


J. Sauter Veterans Treatment Court

“Leave no veteran behind and honor their service”

Jeff Sauter PhotoHonorable Jeffrey L. Sauter


Presiding Judge: Honorable Janice K. Cunningham

Judge Cunningham photo


Alternate Judge: Honorable Julie H. Reincke

Photograph of Judge Reincke


Veterans Treatment Courts use a hybrid combination of drug court and mental health court principles to serve military veterans. They promote sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response that involves collaboration with the traditional partners found in drug courts and mental health courts, as well as the Department of Veteran Affairs (“VA”) healthcare network, community based treatment providers, volunteer veteran mentors, and organizations that support veterans and veteran’s families.

The mission of the J. Sauter Veterans Treatment Court is to enhance public safety by rehabilitating justice-involved Veterans. This is accomplished through a partnership with the Court, the Department of Veteran Affairs, community based-treatment providers, and the community itself.

In the fall of 2013, Eaton County implemented the J. Sauter Veterans Treatment Court as means to effectively treat and manage an increasing misdemeanor and felony Veteran offender population. Traditionally, Veteran's cases took approximately 4-6 months for the adjudication process to conclude and for treatment to be initiated. This practice was lengthy, costly, and presented risk to the public. Veteran offenders formerly entering into the court system for an initial or repeated offense were found to have medical/psychological issues, which compounded in most cases with drug/alcohol dependent addictions and were largely left untreated. Previously, in the absence of the J. Sauter Veterans Treatment Court program, these offenders were incarcerated in jail and later released with minimal assistance, direction and/or support in resolving their medical/ psychological need.

With the assistance of grant funding provided from the State Courts Administrators Office and generous donations to the Friends of the Eaton County Veterans Court 501(C)(3) at P.O. Box 80111, Lansing, MI 48908, we are able to provide services for our honored veterans.