BILL NO. 21
2nd Session, 60th General Assembly
56 Elizabeth II, 2007
Private Member's Bill
Mental Health Court Act
H. David Wilson
First Reading: November 26, 2007
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
(2) The Mental Health Court shall use the best practices of similar programs in effect in Canada to deal with persons with a mental illness or intellectual disability who are in conflict with the law.
4 (1) The Mental Health Court shall facilitate appropriate proceedings and hearings to identify those persons who suffer from a mental disorder or intellectual disability that makes them unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible for their actions.
(2) For those accused who suffer from a mental disorder or intellectual disability but to whom subsection (1) does not apply, the Mental Health Court shall facilitate appropriate proceedings and hearings to
(b) provide accused persons who have a mental disorder or intellectual disability with effective treatment that involves the least restrictive intervention that is reasonable in the circumstances in the least restrictive environment that is appropriate;
5 Subject to Section 7, the Government shall ensure that the Mental Health Court is staffed by permanent, dedicated judges, crown attorneys, duty counsel, mental health workers and social workers, and such psychiatrists, clerks and administrative assistants as are required.
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