Disability & the Queensland Criminal Justice System
Queensland's most definitive text on the legal representation of people with disabilities charged with a criminal offence in Queensland
People with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries are entering criminal justice systems throughout the World at phenomenal rates. Custodial environments have become the surrogate carers for this growing cohort of people. Lawyer, Dan Toombs and his colleagues, have represented many of these people and here is the story of one family's collision with the Queensland criminal justice system.
On Wednesday 3 September 2014, the following story aired on the ABC Lateline program. http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s4080567.htm
Thank you for this wonderful resource and the subsequent telephone conversations I've had with Sue. My son, who suffers from Schizophrenia found himself charged with very minor offences and my wife and I were completely lost. Your website helped us understand what we were in for. Thank you once again.
John Austin, Wavell Heights
Thanks so much for your recent training. In North Queensland we aren't always provided with the training opportunities that those in the south-east corner enjoy. I found your training exceptionally good, but challenging at the same time. There is so much we need to do to make sure the system doesn't unnecessarily marginalise people with a disability.