Mental Health, Autism & Learning Disabilities in the Criminal Courts

Information for magistrates, district judges and court staff

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"Reading this made me reflect on how the courts deal with people with a mental health condition or learning disability. For the magistrates, the key is the information coming at the initial stage so we can take such factors into immediate account when dealing with the person in court, as well as in our sentencing. It is vital that the other agencies, who deal with the individual at an earlier stage, recognise his/her support needs and advise the court." Jacqui Dabnor, magistrate

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