Mental Health, Autism & Learning Disabilities in the Criminal Courts

Information for magistrates, district judges and court staff

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Some questions you might want to consider

  • If your court has access to liaison and diversion services, are speech, language and communication needs of defendants addressed in their reports?
  • What procedures are in place in your court if you are concerned about a defendant’s ability to understand or to participate in court proceedings?
  • How will you ensure that vulnerable offenders understand their sentence requirement(s), including implications for non-compliance?

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