Note: the original hard copy of this report is
On the edge of justice: the legal needs of people with a mental illness in NSW
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....
Ch 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.