Las Vegas Justice Court Specialty Courts

  • Mental Health Court (minimum 12-month program)
    • Must have a serious mental illness.
      • Must be determined to be moderate to high risk/high needs (based on evidenced based screening tools)
    • Must reside in Clark County.
    • We have very limited housing options for Tier 3 sex offenders. Placement will be on a case-by-case basis, if available.
  • Multiple Offender DUI Court (minimum 12-month program)
    • Must have at least 2 lifetime DUI arrest
    • Must reside in the Las Vegas area
  • Adult Drug Court (minimum 18-month program)
    • Identified substance use disorder
      • Can have low-to-moderate mental health needs as well
    • All history of violent offenses or drug trafficking/sales will be staffed on an individual basis
    • No history of sex offenses or arson
  • Veterans Treatment Court (minimum 12-month program)
    • Veterans or members of the U.S. Military only
    • Must have a service-related substance use or mental health issue
    • No history of sex offenses or arson
  • Community Court (There are 2 program options: (1) Resources; or (2) Treatment)
  • Both options:
    • Must have low level, quality of life misdemeanor(s) only
      • Examples: trespassing; loitering; drug paraphernalia; glass container
    • Must have housing instability
    • No history of arson, violent crime, sex offenses, drug trafficking/sales, severe mental illness
    • No open felony cases
  • Resources Program (minimum 6-month program)
    • Needs identifying documents and/or connection to services
      • Examples: NV identification, birth certificate, SS card
    • Treatment Program (minimum 9-month program)
      • Identified substance use disorder.


*All Specialty Court programs (except Community Court Resources Program) require participants to engage in individual and group substance abuse and mental health counseling (based on individual needs), random drug/alcohol testing, collaborative case management and regular court status checks.


If you believe that one of your clients may want to participate in one of our specialty courts and may qualify, please ask the clerk for a referral form. 

E-mail the form to the specialty court coordinator and the court/attorney should receive a recommendation from the specialty court coordinator within 48 hours.

Please note: If the coordinator believes your client is not appropriate for a particular specialty court, but thinks your client may fit within one of our other specialty courts, it will be noted in the recommendation.  There is no need to fill out multiple referral forms.


Once an attorney and/or the court receives recommendation from Coordinator:

Mental Health Court Defendant’s case should be sent to Mental Health Court after entry of his/her plea. Defendants can be referred to MHC prior to entry of plea for screening for acceptance.   

DUI Court Defendant should be referred to DUI Court after entry of his/her plea. DUI defendants must be evaluated and accepted in treatment court before entering their plea and case transfer to Department 5.  

Drug Court Defendant should be referred to Drug Court after entry of his/her plea. The Defendant may be screened for possible acceptance, however, a formal evaluation is not recommended.

Community Court Defendant (both programs) should be referred to Community Court to enter into his/her plea in front of Judge De La Garza (Department 15).

Vet court Defendant should be referred to Vet Court to enter into his/her plea in front of Judge Letizia (Department 3).


            Even if a Defendant does not qualify to participate in our Community Court programs, if he/she needs to connect with “resources,” i.e. documents, housing, etc., please give the Defendant a flyer to the Community Impact Center.  The Community Impact Center is meant to “connect the Las Vegas community with referrals to resources in the valley.”