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Law Society Northern Territory
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Law Society Northern Territory
C O V E R S T O R Y L A W S O C I E T Y N T issues to address the specific needs of their clients through the judicial process.15 Conclusion Practitioners need to revaluate their attitudes when dealing with mentally impaired clients. Mental impairment covers a spectrum of severity and affects clients who are vulnerable, of minority groups (particularly Indigenous, women and children) and at the lower end of the economic scale who are non-violent and more likely to be at risk of homicide, suicide and self-harm. Practitioners need to overcome potential issues in their clients interest by learning to identify and deal effectively with these issues and to address their clients specific needs. 1 Daniel MNaghtens Case (1843) 8 ER 718, 722. 2 R v Falconer (1990) 171 CLR 30. 3 Sane Australia, Mental Health Basics (retrieved 8 December 2017) Health Direct Australia. 4 Christine Montross, Hard Time of Hospital Treatment? Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System (2016) 375 New England Journal of Medicine 1407-1409. 5 Allen J Frances, Prison or Treatment for the Mentally Ill (10 March 2010) Psychology Today. 6 John Geddes, Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness (1999) 318 The British Medical Journal 1235-1240. 7 Ernest Hunter, Disadvantage and Discontent: A Review of Issues Relevant to the Mental Health of Rural and Remote Indigenous Australians (2007) 15 Australian Journal of Rural Health 88. 8 Ibid, referring to 1998-1999 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data. 9 Michael Barnett, Robert Hayes, Matthew Large and Olav Nielssen, Psychological and Ethical Issues in the Relationship between Lawyers and Mentally Ill Clients, (2007) 11 University of Western Sydney Law Review, 71. 10 Peter Bellach et al, Northern Territory Duty Lawyer Handbook (Law Society Public Purposes Trust, 2012) 230. 11 Northern Territory Law Reform Committee, Report on the Interaction between people with Mental Health Issues and the Criminal Justice System, Report No. 42 (2016), Recommendation 18, [4.0]. 12 Barnett, above n 10, 63. 13 Ibid. 14 Eastman v R (2000) 203 CLR 1 per Miles AO at [284-285]. 15 Ibid, 71. The criminally insane: Dealing with mentally impaired clients F E A T U R E L A W S O C I E T Y N T Make Your Decision Count and Register Today DonateLife NT is urging Territorians to make their decision count in 2018 by registering on the Australian Organ Donor Register today. According to recent stats from DonateLife NT at least half of Northern Territory residents are willing to donate their organs and tissue to someone in need, however only 12 percent have registered their donation decision online. While most Territorians are confident their partner or family members would uphold their donation decision in the event of their death, registering online provides grieving families with no doubt of their loved ones wishes. Nine out of 10 families agree to donation when their loved one is a registered donor. There are around 1,400 Australians currently on transplant waiting lists, and a further 12,000 people on dialysis. Territorians are urged to register now to help save more lives. To find out more and to register your donation decision, please visit donatelife.gov.au.
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