An examination of stakeholder attitudes and understanding of therapeutic jurisprudence in a mental health court

Lim, Loraine, and Day, Andrew (2016) An examination of stakeholder attitudes and understanding of therapeutic jurisprudence in a mental health court. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 46. pp. 27-34.

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Abstract

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. However, the analysis also highlights conflict in the practice frameworks of the different professional groups who regularly contribute to the operations of the court. Suggestions to enhance service delivery are offered.

Item ID: 47202
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6386
Keywords: mental health court, problem-solving court, therapeutic jurisprudence, mental health and crime
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 100%
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