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17th District Court - Veterans Court

Presiding Judge:  Hon. Karen Khalil

Veterans Court Coordinator: Ron Reddy, (313) 387-2713, rreddy@redfordtwp.com 

Veteran Mentor Coordinator: James Badeen, (313)817-1213, 17vetmentors@gmail.com

*If you are looking for information on how to transfer a case to the 17th District Veterans Court click here. A sample Transfer Order can be found here.

*If you are interested in learning more about our Veterans Court click here.

Michigan Supreme Court Website

What is the Veterans Court? A point of pride for Redford Township continues to be the Seventeenth Judicial District Veterans Court under the leadership of Judge Karen Khalil.  The mission of the 17th District Veterans Court is to promote a safer community by empowering our veterans to permanently emerge from the criminal justice system through a program providing specialized support and services to those who have bravely served our nation. 

The court team has received state and federal training which helps them recognize the challenges veterans can face upon returning from active duty.  The collaboration between numerous agencies including the VA, local police departments, local and county prosecutors, defense advocates,  the Canine Advocacy Project, and Wayne County’s Veterans Community Action Team (VCAT), among others,  allows the Veterans Court team to assist the veteran participants find avenues to overcome their challenges. 

Additionally, a group of Mentors assist the Court participants in the program.  The Mentors must receive training and have the ability to be supportive of those in the program.  If you are a veteran of the US Armed Forces and are interested in becoming a mentor please contact Veterans Court Mentor Coordinator James Badeen at (313)817-1213 or via email at 17vetmentors@gmail.com