- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a law allowing courts with jurisdiction over criminal cases to create veterans’ divisions.

Deal signed the legislation at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus on Tuesday.

Deal said in a statement the legislation is meant to address specialized treatment needs of former military members and help ensure a smooth re-entry process. He says the Judicial Council of Georgia will use published research to establish a set of standards and best practices for the court divisions and update them as necessary.

Deal says circumstances out of veterans’ control may impact their transition back into civilian life and the divisions will give them an alternative to the traditional justice system.

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