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Victim Support Service - Courts

Mental Health Court

If you or a family member have been a victim of serious violence and the person charged has a mental illness or intellectual disability, they can be referred to the Mental Health Court.  Queensland has one Mental Health Court located in Brisbane, which is made up of a Supreme Court Judge and two assisting psychiatrists.  

The Mental Health Court determines whether a person charged was of unsound mind at the time of the offence or is now temporarily or permanently unfit for trial.  This is a specialist court in Queensland and QHVSS is able to help you understand the court process and decisions in your case.  

For more information about Mental Health Court:

Magistrates Court

Magistrates in Queensland can decide on the balance of probability that a person charged can receive a mental health defence.  If you or a member of your family have been a victim of crime and the person charged receives a mental health defence in the Magistrates Court, QHVSS can help you to understand the court process and how you can be supported.

For more information about Magistrate Court:

Last updated: 16 May 2017

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Free call telephone (business hours):
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QHVSS is a state-wide service with offices in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns outreaching to other areas of Queensland

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PO Box 710
Ashgrove, QLD 4060
Fax: (07) 3858 4455


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