Written by authors with extensive experience in the field, this publication is a practical and comprehensive guide to the application of mental health law, in the New South Wales criminal context. Combining legal and medical perspectives, the text clearly explains the pertinent mental health issues in the criminal justice system, and provides helpful advice to practitioners about their application.
Both case and common law are frequently referred to throughout the text. Extracts from important cases illustrate or describe the principles under discussion, while significant legislation is explained, including the Mental Health Act 1990 and the Mental Health (Criminal Procedure) Act 1990. Changes to the powers of magistrates in summary proceedings and the consequences of a special verdict are also covered. This text will serve as an indispensable guide for lawyers, doctors, psychologists and others involved with the forensic aspects of mental health.