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On the edge of justice: the legal needs of people with a mental illness in NSW   

, 2006 This study examines the legal and access to justice issues experienced by people with a mental illness. The methodology comprised a literature review, focus group discussions with key stakeholders, in-depth interviews with 81 legal and non-legal service providers, and 30 semi-structured interviews with people who have a mental illness. The report concluded that people with a mental illness experience a number of legal issues with potentially serious personal and financial consequences, and face many barriers in having these legal issues addressed....

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Access to Justice and Legal Needs, Volume 4

ISSN 1832-2670

This report is part of the Access to Justice and Legal Needs monograph series published by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales. The Foundation seeks to advance the fairness and equity of the justice system, and to improve access to justice, especially for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

The series is aimed at researchers, policy-makers, government, the legal community and others interested in legal need and access to law and justice. It is a scholarly, refereed series. Monographs are refereed by at least two appropriate external referees who are independent of the Foundation and any other organisations/authors involved in the publication.

Managing Editor: Geoff Mulherin

© Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales, May 2006

This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in part or in whole for educational purposes as long as proper credit is given to the Foundation.

Any opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation’s Board of Governors.

National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication data:

Karras, Maria.
On the edge of justice : the legal needs of people with a mental illness in NSW.
ISBN 0 909136 90 4 (pbk).

1. Legal assistance to people with mental disabilities - New South Wales.
I. Karras, Maria. II. Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.
(Series : Access to justice and legal needs ; vol. 4).


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Cover photo: Catriona Stanton, Coiled Track (detail), 2006, courtesy of the artist.