Mental health courts are meant to address issues that go beyond criminal culpability, and to respond to deeper questions about the relationship between mental health and justice. Who speaks for those who are denied a voice, or who are unsure how to answer, or who are ignored as mad when they do speak? How are legal decisions made supportively, rather than by substitution?
I recently had the opportunity to interview Anthony Reilly, CEO of Legal Aid Queensland, Australia. I was keen to learn more about how legal aid operates within a country analogous to Canada in many ways: Commonwealth history, common law legal system, diverse population and vast geographic size. Now if only our climate was more similar…
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: smart phones are changing our lives! By now it’s not exactly breaking news that mobile devices and their social networking capabilities are changing the way we work, live and play. Even the resistant-to-change legal profession has not escaped this barrage of connectivity.
Through a special project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), LAO and clinic staff have been working to help develop and improve legal aid for ethnic minorities, migrant workers, women and disabled people in rural China.