24 March 2014

Psychiatric Examination

The Criminal Code Amendment (Expert Psychiatric or Medical Evidence) Act 2014 (NT) has received assent.

It amends the Northern Territory Criminal Code to empower an NT court, upon application of the prosecution and at the court's discretion, to require an accused person to submit to a psychiatric or other medical examination where a criminal defence based on a medical condition is raised by a defendant.

The Mental Health and Related Services Amendment Act 2014 (NT) meanwhile provides an amendment to the Mental Health and Related Services Act 1998 (NT) to clarify that the rules of evidence do not apply to proceedings of the Territory's Mental Health Review Tribunal.