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Pretrial Assessments & Court-related Services

Court Services is a collection of judicial programs designed to provide pretrial assessments and other court-related services to residents who have been arrested and are facing incarceration while they process through the court system. The mission of Court Services includes the minimizing of unnecessary and expensive incarcerations in the county jail by expediting the judicial process and providing the court system with critical and timely information on those individuals incarcerated. Another part of the Court Services’ mission is to provide citizens who meet established requirements the opportunity to participate in certain programs designed to assist them in remaining a productive citizen while bringing about an effective disposition of their cases. These goals are accomplished by facilitating the expeditious release of individuals from custody by the least restrictive means, providing in/out-patient mental health treatment and long-term case management, and in/out-patient substance abuse treatment and case management.

Included under the Court Services umbrella are Pretrial Services, the Forensic Mental Health Case Manager, and the Drug Court Case Manager.

Services Defined

Court Services provides through its Pretrial Services division a means to facilitate the use of financial and non-financial release of persons arrested and accused of a crime, ensure their speedy release from custody or detention, minimize failures to appear in court (FTA’s), and also minimize the potential danger to the community posed by the release of perceived dangerous persons. In addition, Pretrial Services provides the judiciary with sound information to assist them in making informed decisions on bond at the Defendant’s First Appearance. Pretrial Services has been a successful tool in the effort to manage the county jail’s explosive population increases during the past decade.

Court Services also provides case management services, through the Forensic Mental Health Specialist, to persons with a mental illness that have been adjudicated as “Incompetent to Proceed (ITP)” or “Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGI)” pursuant to Chapter 916, Florida Statutes. Through assessments and establishing service/treatment plans in conjunction with State Treatment Facility Staff, this program assists defendants while helping to reduce costly incarceration and treatment during extended periods of confinement.

Court Services also provides case management services through the Drug Court Case Manager who screens prospective defendants arrested on felony drug charges for possible entry into the Drug Court Program. The Drug Court Program offers an alternative means by which defendants participating on Out-Patient Status in the program are treated for their addictions and provides them the opportunity to lead drug-free lifestyles. This program expedites the judicial process and aids in reducing the amount of time a defendant spends incarcerated.

Court Services Staff

Bob Myers,
PTS Coordinator
400 N. Ferdon Blvd.

Crestview, Florida 32539
Phone: (850) 689-5066
Fax: (850) 689-5077
E-Mail
John Barnes,
Forensic Mental Health Specialist

400 N. Ferdon Blvd.
Crestview, Florida 32539
Phone: (850) 689-7897
Fax: (850) 689-5077
E-Mail
Judith E. Rowland,
Drug Court Case Manager
Suite G-155

1250 N. Eglin Parkway
Shalimar, FL 32579
Phone: (850) 651-7207
Fax: (850) 609-5012

Bob Myers, PTS Coordinator
400 N. Ferdon Blvd.
Crestview, Florida 32539
Phone: (850) 689-5066
Fax: (850) 689-5077
E-Mail