Under the Queensland justice system a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. This is why a person's offences may be referred to as 'alleged offences'. A person charged with a criminal offence must be brought before a Magistrates Court as soon as possible after a charge is laid.
The magistrate, who presides over the court, decides:
How does someone charged with an offence get referred to a mental health service?
For further information on criminal offences and the court system, go to www.justice.qld.gov.au
When a person has to appear before the magistrate and it is suspected they may have a mental illness, they may be referred to a mental health service for a mental health assessment through the following processes:
For further information on the Mental Health Act 2000 go to www.health.qld.gov.au/mha2000