Defending mentally disordered persons

criminal justice,mental health
Legal Action Group
'There is nothing else on the market which provides such a comprehensive treatment of this subject matter. A book that ought to be on the shelf of every prison law practice.' insidetime, September 2012

Defending mentally disordered persons is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to representing persons with mental disorder in the criminal justice system. Lawyers representing potentially vulnerable clients need to consider what special needs their clients may have and apply the relevant legal provisions with that in mind. This book provides the bridge between mental health law and criminal law and provides criminal practitioners with the necessary tools to navigate the appropriate route through the criminal justice system if the client may have a mental disorder.

Defending mentally disordered persons sets out the civil and criminal legal framework, which is in large part governed by the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Act 1964, and the interaction of UK legislation with the European Convention on Human Rights. It covers all aspects of the legal process from initial contact with the client at a police station through to procedure and evidence, substantive criminal law, sentencing, treatment of prisoners and appeals. As well as comprehensively setting out the law, the author also provides arguments for where the law could be developed further.
Contents include:
Introduction to the civil and criminal legal framework
Detention for treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983
Powers of arrest under the Mental Health Act 1983
Treatment in the police station
Decision to prosecute
Remand prisoners and transfer to hospital
Inability to participate at trial: fitness to plead
Evidence: admissibility, adverse inference and witnesses
Defences of insanity, diminished responsibility, provocation and loss of control
Sentencing: custodial sentences, hospital orders and community sentences
Treatment of prisoners

About the author

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Kris Gledhill is professor of law programmes at Auckland University Law School, New Zealand, with research interests in mental health law, prison law...