The Western Australian Start Court is part of the Magistrates Court and assists people with mental health issues.
It is focused on providing more options to support people while addressing offending behaviour by:
- Increasing clients’ connection with treatment support services and re-engaging people with the most appropriate services to help manage their mental illness;
- Finding a therapeutic solution to address offending behaviour in a manner which helps clients manage their mental health issues and make positive changes to their life;
- Reducing the likelihood of future contact with the criminal justice system; and
- Increasing public safety and ensuring those with mental health issues who need help receive it.
You can ask for a Mental Health Law Centre lawyer to assist you in the Start Court.