A new court docket to help veterans opened in Baltimore City district court earlier this week that will be focused more on rehabilitation than incarceration. “The District Court of Maryland in Baltimore City plans to launch a veterans treatment docket on Tuesday, following in the footsteps of Prince George’s County Circuit Court and becoming the first district court in the state to offer a docket focused on the needs of those who served in the military,” the Daily Record reported last week.
“The Homeless Persons Representation Project will also screen veterans on the docket for civil legal issues and provide legal representation for discharge upgrades and claims for military service-related disability benefits, as well as refer cases to the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic or other legal service providers, said HPRP executive director Antonia Fasanelli” (fourth from left in the photo; District Court Judge Halee Weinstein, who presides over the docket, is third from left in the front row; other dignitaries on hand included District Court Chief Judge John P. Morrissey; Dr. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., Director of the VA Maryland Health Care System; and Major General Linda L. Singh, Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard).
HPRP helped set up the new docket, along with other partners: the Maryland State Bar Association, the city’s public defender’s and state’s attorney’s offices, the United Way, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Health Care for the Homeless.
Photo: Patrick Tandy of MSBA. Click on the photo for more photos of the event.