Our team of highly specialised and qualified Psychologist’s are available to complete a variety of medico-legal assessments and court ordered reports. If you have been charged with a criminal offence, your lawyer may request a report you if are suspected of having a mental illness or cognitive impairment. These assessments relate to Section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provision) Act in New South Wales, Australia. They are commonly used to divert clients who are suffering from mental illness away from criminal punishment to ensure they get the help and treatment that they need.
If you are based in Queensland and have been charged with a serious offence, then your lawyer may request a Pre-sentence report. These assessments are designed to better understand those factors that contributed to the offending and are often recommended when there are thought to be mitigating factors that would likely result in a reduced sentence. In some cases, Legal Aid funding may be available.
Medico-legal assessments can be lengthy and usually involve an interview, administration of psychometric tests or questionnaires, and file reviews. It is important to fully understand the nature of the mental illness, how it effected the offending, and the clients ability to be safely managed and treated in the community. If the Psychologist determines that the client is suffering from a ‘mental illness’ or ‘condition’, then the magistrate may dismiss the charges with the expectation that they engage in treatment for at least 6 months. If the client does not engage in the agreed treatment, then the Magistrate must be informed and the original charges will be faced in court. Legal aid funding is available for eligible clients.
Please contact us if you think you require a forensic report. It is helpful if you have terms of reference already prepared, as this will help determine the costs of a report.