Mental Health Issues and Sentencing: Options and Dilemmas (On Demand)

Recorded Webinar 1 CPD Hr
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The complexities of sentencing are only added to when mental health issues are at play. This On Demand webinar considers some of the issues that may arise including the taking of instructions and how lawyers may best represent their clients both in terms of the Sentencing Act 2002 and the Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) Act 2003. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn more about the range of mental disorders that may occur, how these can affect sentencing and what the Courts require from lawyers to establish the existence of these disorders.
  • Understand better the relevance to sentencing of youth and culture as well as the involvement of those such as the police, forensic nurses and families in the sentencing process. 
  • Gain further insights into when it is advisable to proceed in terms of the Criminal Procedure (Mental Impaired Persons) Act 2003 and the real possibility of a client being detained as a special patient.

Who should view?

All criminal lawyers who may have clients suffering from mental health issues; it may also be of interest to litigators involved with family, immigration and youth matters.


Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


His Honour Judge Recordon

Justin Harder
Sentinel Chambers

Justin Harder was a lawyer at the Public Defence Service and is now practising as a barrister. He is a member of the Public Defence Service's National Ethics Committee and has a special interest in representing defendants with intellectual disabilities. Justin has represented intellectually impaired defendants in the Court of Appeal and has recently appeared in troubling appeals where fitness to plead issues have only first been identified well after proceedings have ended.