OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER 12th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT of FLORIDA LARRY L. EGER, Public Defender Serving, DeSoto, Manatee, & Sarasota Counties

Health Care Court

Health Care Court (also known as Mental Health Court)

Health Care Court, a program within the 12th Judicial Circuit’s Mental Health Court Project, is designed for those individuals who are charged with a qualifying offense in Manatee County and who suffer from a mental illness which likely led to the criminal charge. The individual must be able to meaningfully engage in outpatient treatment (including but not limited to: therapy, case management, drug testing).

Championing the accused with the utmost professionalism and humanity