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Criminal offending, mental impairment and unfitness to be tried: Where to after the Cummins Review?

August 12, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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A small but significant number of people charged with criminal offences in Victoria suffer from a mental illness or impairment that may impact on their criminal culpability, their capacity to engage in the criminal justice system and how the system responds to them. These cases raise complex issues for psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers and judicial officers.
The Victorian Law Reform Commission conducted a Review of the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act. The Review, lead by the Honourable Phillip Cummins, tabled its report in August 2014, making 107 recommendations. These included revising and clarifying the legal tests for unfitness to stand trial and the defence of mental impairment; extending the application of the law in the Magistrates’ Court and Children’s Court; extending the role of juries and reducing complexity of jury directions.
This symposium brings together a range of eminent professionals with significant experience in dealing with the operation of the CMIA. They will explore the operation of the law, including the considerations of post-finding consequences, and implications of the legislative changes currently before the Parliament.
  • The Honourable Justice Jane Dixon QC, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Dr Danny Sullivan, Clinical Director at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare)
  • Brendan Kissane QC, Senior Crown Prosecutors
  • George Georgiou SC, Victorian Bar
  • Tim Marsh, Chief Counsel Victoria Legal Aid
  • Sonia Law, Program Manager, Mental Health and Disability Advocacy, Victoria Legal Aid

Date: Saturday 12 August 2017

Time: 10am – 2pm, registration from 9.30am.

Venue: Rydges Melbourne (186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000)

Prices: ANZAPPL Member: $75 / Non-member: $95 / Student member: $45 / Non-member student: $65

Catering: Morning tea and buffet lunch included.

RSVP: By Saturday 5 August.

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Rydges Melbourne
186 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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