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Our experts have experience in the assessment and treatment of people with mental injuries due to physical injuries and sexual abuse. Our experts have also provided independent opinions to insurers and patients in relation to workers compensation matters for Australian Courts. &nbsp…(Read More)

Sexual Offending Risk

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The assessment of sexual offending risk can be undertaken by forensic psychologists or psychiatrists trained in this area. Risk assessment is not a prediction of what will happen in future, but can be used to guide Courts, the Parole Board, or other entities decide various questions in relation to persons with a history of sexual…(Read More)

Testamentary Capacity

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Testamentary Capacity is the ability to make a Will. This may be undermined by psychiatric illness or other factors. The English case of Banks v Goodfellow (1870) sets out the factors required for a testator’s Will to be considered valid. A Will-maker should: Understand the nature of the act and its effects Understand…(Read More)

Immigration Reports

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People seeking visas through Immigration New Zealand may be required to have a psychiatrist’s report prepared to address standard questions relating to their history of mental illness, treatment for this, prognosis, likely need for community services and medical assistance. The form of this advice to Immigration New Zealand is a full psychiatric assessment…(Read More)

The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 provides compulsory patients with the option to challenge their status within the Family Court Jurisdiction. As part of that process, a patient may obtain a second opinion from a psychiatrist. Some patients may prefer to obtain this opinion from a private psychiatrist. Section 69 of the…(Read More)

Research demonstrates that youth are at a relative disadvantage in terms of their trial related capacities compared to adults. This is a complex area of fitness assessment requiring an understanding of youth development, the nature of the Youth Court, the potential for developmental immaturity impacting on fitness, and the role of life history and family…(Read More)

Defendants with intellectual disability are at a relative disadvantage during the Court process. may qualify for consideration of the insanity defence, or they may be rendered unfit to stand trial by their disability. The disposal of defendants found fit or insane due to an intellectual disability is governed by the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and…(Read More)

Fitness to stand trial, insanity, other mental state defences   Insanity is a legal term defined in Section 23 of the Crimes Act 1961 as follows: Everyone shall be presumed to be sane at the time of doing or omitting any act until the contrary is proved. No person shall be convicted of an offence…(Read More)

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