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Mental health courts make big difference

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The province marked an anniversary in Dartmouth this week of an innovative approach to justice that has worked so well it’s spreading throughout Nova Scotia.

It’s been 10 years since the Mental Health Court was established in the Pleasant Street courthouse in Dartmouth. It grew out of a realization that the regular court system did not deal well with the mentally ill or people with substance abuse problems.

Standard criminal courts depend on an adversarial process, pitting a defendant who may not be able to afford a lawyer or who may not even understand the proceedings against government-employed Crown........

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