Diversion of offenders with mental disorders: Mental health courts

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dc.contributor.author Ryan, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Whelan, Darius
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-28T14:14:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-28T14:14:46Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-24
dc.identifier.citation Ryan, Sarah and Whelan, Darius (2012) 'Diversion of Offenders with Mental Disorders: Mental Health Courts'. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 2012 (1). en
dc.identifier.volume 2012 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.issn 1360-1326
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/618
dc.description.abstract At present, if people with mental disorders appear before the criminal courts in Ireland, unless they are unfit for trial or not guilty by reason of insanity, the system governing their case will be the general one which applies to all criminal cases. In recent decades, a number of other common law jurisdictions have begun to set up mental health courts as a means of diverting some people with mental disorders from the criminal justice system and into more appropriate treatment. This article begins with a review of the background to mental health courts, focusing on the concept of diversion from the criminal justice system and the role of Therapeutic Jurisprudence theory as an inspiration for the establishment of mental health courts. The main features of mental health courts are identified and the features of those in existence in the United States are contrasted with those in Canada and England and Wales. Some of the main arguments against the use of these courts will be discussed, including the contentions that defendants participation may not be truly voluntary and that their due process rights are not adequately protected. The question of whether a mental health court should be established in Ireland is considered. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.uri http://www.bailii.org/uk/other/journals/WebJCLI/2012/issue1/index.html
dc.rights ©2012, The Authors. en
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dc.subject Offenders with mental health disorders en
dc.subject Criminal justice system en
dc.subject.lcsh Mental health courts en
dc.subject.lcsh Mentally ill offenders en
dc.title Diversion of offenders with mental disorders: Mental health courts en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://publish.ucc.ie/researchprofiles/B012/dwhelan en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Darius Whelan, Law, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: d.whelan@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2012-06-28T14:01:31Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Web Journal of Current Legal Issues en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress d.whelan@ucc.ie en

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