HOW DO COURTS DEAL WITH MENTAL ILLNESS?

Normally the law requires a person to either plead guilty or not guilty to a charge.

A person can also apply to have a charge dismissed if there is evidence that he/she is:

  • developmentally disabled o
  • suffering from a mental illness or
  • suffering from a mental condition for which treatment is available.
    • Such applications have to be supported by an expert Psychiatrists Report.
    • Dismissals usually require the person to stick to a Treatment Plan.
    • •The person can be penalised by the Court for not following the Plan.