Defendants with Autism Spectrum Disorders: What is the role of Court Liaison and Diversion?
Chaplin, E, McCarthy, J and Forrester, A (2017). Defendants with Autism Spectrum Disorders: What is the role of Court Liaison and Diversion? Advances in Autism. 3 (4), pp. 220-228. https://doi.org/10.1108/aia-08-2017-0018
|Chaplin, E, McCarthy, J and Forrester, A
Purpose This paper examines the role of liaison and diversion services working in the lower courts (also known as Magistrates’ courts) with regard to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their assessment, in particular the role of pre-sentence and psychiatric reports and interviews. Design Current practice is described in the lower courts in the context of current legislation and procedures. Findings When writing reports there is a need for expertise to offer an opinion on future risk, disposal and what needs to be in place to support people with autism spectrum disorders. No assumptions should be made when reporting on the basis of an ASD diagnosis alone and each case must be assessed on its individual merits while ensuring that individual human rights are protected. Originality There is currently a sparse literature examining ASD in court settings. This paper seeks to clarify current practice.
|Autism Spectrum Disorder; Criminal Justice System -; Liaison and Diversion; Magistrates Courts; Psychiatric Reports; Pre-sentence reports
|Advances in Autism
|3 (4), pp. 220-228
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
|14 Oct 2017
|Publication process dates
|20 Nov 2017
|12 Sep 2017
|Accepted author manuscript
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