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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, vol. 46, no. May - June, pp. 27-34, doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2016.02.024.

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Title An examination of stakeholder attitudes and understanding of therapeutic jurisprudence in a mental health court
Author(s) Lim, Loraine
Day, Andrew
Journal name International journal of law and psychiatry
Volume number 46
Issue number May - June
Start page 27
End page 34
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1873-6386
Keyword(s) mental health court
problem-solving court
therapeutic jurisprudence
mental health and crime
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ijlp.2016.02.024
Field of Research 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Free to Read Start Date 2016-11-19
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083401

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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