An examination of stakeholder attitudes and understanding of therapeutic jurisprudence in a mental health court
Loraine Lim, Andrew Day
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2016
Mental health courts represent a key component of contemporary responses to mental illness and disability in the criminal justice system, and yet there is uncertainty about how these courts should balance their punishment and treatment roles. This paper reports an analysis of interviews with court professionals which considers their understanding of the rationale underpinning an Australian mental health court, its effectiveness in achieving its criminal justice and clinical goals, and of broader notions of therapeutic jurisprudence. This reveals considerable support for diversionary mental health court programs of this type and professional confidence that this type of program is effective. ..View full abstract
We would like to acknowledge the support of the South Australian Courts Administration Authority, especially the Treatment Intervention Court Team. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Courts Administration Authority or any other agency.