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)

The Sarasota County Health Care Court was established in 2012 as part of the 12th Judicial Circuit. Health Care Court is a specialized court docket for certain defendants with mental illnesses that utilize a problem-solving model for traditional criminal court processing. Participants are identified through mental health screenings and assessments. A judicially supervised treatment plan is developed jointly by a team of court staff and mental health professionals.

Championing the accused with the utmost professionalism and humanity