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Mental health defences

In the Local Court, an application under s.32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act can be made where you are suffering from a mental illness (e.g. depression).

A successful application means the charge(s) is /are dismissed. This means no criminal conviction is recorded.

However, such applications require careful and expert preparation.

In the higher courts, an accused may have a defence of mental illness (assessed on their state of mind at the time of the alleged offence) or may be mentally unfit to stand trial (assessed on their state of mind at the time of standing trial).

In all the above instances, we have a panel of expert forensic psychologists and psychiatrists to provide the most accurate assessment of our client’s condition.

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