Source: (2013) Mental Health Law & Policy Journal. 3:1-28.

There is no question, however, that these courts offer a new approach - perhaps a radically new approach - to the problems at hand. They become even more significant because of their articulated focus on dignity,' as well as their embrace of therapeutic jurisprudence, their focus on procedural justice, and their use of the principles of restorative justice. It is time to restructure the dialogue about mental health courts and to begin to take seriously the potential ameliorative impact of such courts on the ultimate disposition of all cases involving criminal defendants with mental disabilities. (excerpt)