Chapter 7. Discussion and conclusion
The aim of this project was to examine the capacity of people with a mental illness in NSW to obtain legal assistance and participate effectively in the legal system. It also examined the role that non-legal service providers play in supporting people with a mental illness during the legal process and in accessing legal assistance. The Project sought the views of people with a mental illness, as well as legal service providers, court and tribunal staff, and non-legal service providers who provide support and advocacy to people with a mental illness. Qualitative methods of data collection, including semi-structured interviews and focus groups, were employed to gather these views. Information was also drawn from the relevant literature, available statistics and from case studies provided by stakeholders.