More than 1,000 Australians with cognitive disabil

2022-04-05
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More than 1,000 Australians with cognitive disability are detained indefinitely each year. It needs to stop - Today News Post News Today || Headlines Today

This weekThe horizon with shift in vaccination strategy, the royal commission into the violencePublic health experts tol, abuse and neglect of people with disability?began holding hearings on a shameful subject that has long been neglected: the indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairments and/or mental illness in our criminal justice systems.

Indefinite detention is what happens to defendants in criminal cases when they are deemed unfit to stand trial.

In common lawThe next morning., this “unfitness test” is based on whether the accused has sufficient mental or intellectual capacity to understand the proceedings and make an adequate defence.

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