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Mandatory Sentencing and the Mental Health Court

Subtitle Law Reform submission against the criminalisation of mental impairment

The Mental Health Law Centre (WA) made this submission in support of removing mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment for people with a mental illness or mental impairment found guilty of an offence.

The submission calls for the repeal the Minimum Mandatory Sentencing laws of the Criminal Code in the interests of justice, and decriminalising and safeguarding the human rights of people with a mental illness and/or impairment.

Failing this, the submission argues for an exception to minimum Mandatory Sentencing laws for people with a mental illness or impairment when that mental impairment is causally linked to the offence for which they have been charged and that the Mandatory Sentencing laws exclude children.

CLC/Agency Mental Health Law Centre (WA)
Project resources PDF Mandatory_Sentencing_submission_FINAL_13_2_2013.pdf
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Area of Law
  • Crime and offences
  • Health
  • People experiencing a mental illness
  • People with a disability
  • State government
  • WA
Method of Delivery
  • Submission
  • Website, social media or application
Project Type
  • Law Reform
Project uploaded to CLEAR 16th April 2013
Contact Person Sandra Boulter
Contact Position Principal Solicitor/General Manager
Contact Email
Contact Phone (08) 9328 8266
Production/Delivery Date 15/02/2013
Evaluation Not Stated

As this project has exceeded its review date it is recommended that the author/auspicing agency be contacted to confirm the currency of the information provided. 

Review Date 16th April 2014

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