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On the edge of justice: the legal needs of people with a mental illness  ( 2006 )  Cite this report

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Chapter 3. Legal issues

Consultations for this study indicated that people with a mental illness appear to experience particular legal issues. These include:
  • legal issues relating to mental illness, such as issues falling under the Mental Health Act 1990 (NSW) and adult guardianship
  • discrimination in relation to employment, education and insurance
  • criminal legal issues including behaviour-related offences, drug offences and fines
  • housing issues, including problems relating to the Department of Housing (DOH), private rental and boarding house accommodation
  • social security issues, including eligibility, breaching and social security debt and prosecution for fraud
  • consumer issues, such as credit card debt and banking issues, mobile phone and other contractual debt
  • family law and care and protection issues
  • domestic violence and victim of crime issues.


Karras, M, McCarron, E, Gray, A & Ardasinski, S 2006, On the edge of justice: the legal needs of people with a mental illness in NSW, Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, Sydney