Veterans Court

No Veteran Left Behind

" care for him who shall have borne the battle..."

Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865



400 Carleton Avenue
Courtroom D-34
Central Islip, NY 11722

General Info: 631-208-5775
FAX: 631-853-7603

Presiding Judge
Hon. Pierce F. Cohalan

Project Director II
Edward Gialella

Case Manager
Eric Bruno

Resource Coordinator
Leslie McLoughlin


A Few Words About the Veterans Court

Men and women in the United States military endure high costs of service. the impact of military service on veterans can be immense and long-lasting. These may include alcohol and substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, unemployment, and strained relationships. With the increase of veterans with serious needs in our criminal justice system, comes the need for the system to develop innovative ways of working to address these issues and needs. The Veterans Court is a specialized part of the Suffolk County District and County Criminal Courts. The Court provides a means to successfully help veterans by diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system and providing them with the tools they need to live a productive and law abiding life through treatment, rehabilitative programming, reinforcement and judicial monitoring. Successful completion of the program can result in a reduction of the legal charge upon completion.

Benefits of Participation in the Veterans Treatment Court

The Veterans Court will help you access identified treatment, counseling, case management, supportive housing and other services. The Court works closely with the Northport VA who makes treatment recommendations specific to the needs of the participants.

The Court offers you a chance to address your problems or issues and to avoid incarceration on your current charge(s).

If you take advantage of the assistance offered, you will discover many ways to make a better life for yourself. Change is never easy; it will take commitment, dedication, self-control, perseverance and hard work. The Veterans Court will provide you with the support, opportunity, assistance and referrals necessary to help you begin making positive changes in your life.