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MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Assessment & Referral Court

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MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Assessment & Referral Court

Date & TimeTBC
Format Webinar
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CPD Units 1.5
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
Venue Online, Digital Delivery View Map

As part of its court operations, MCV provides a number of specialist courts and programs that aim to improve outcomes for court users and the community. The Assessment and Referral Court (ARC) is a specialist therapeutic and solution-focused court designed to ensure access to justice and improved outcomes for accused individuals who have a mental illness and/or cognitive impairment. It works collaboratively with the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) to provide a wide range of support.

In this session, learn about how to practice effectively in ARC, how to refer clients and how they can get the most out of this specialist court.

Further details below.

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Program Overview

  • Innovations in the Assessment and Referral Court - Tuesday 24 Aug
    • 4:20 PM Webinar Launch
      The webinar will launch ten minutes before the event begins. It is recommended that you log in a few minutes early to test your settings and familiarise yourself with webinar features.
    • 4:30 PM Opening & Welcome
      Chair: Tania Wolff, President, Law Institute of Victoria
    • 4:35 PM Judging in a Therapeutic Way

      In this session, Magistrate Roslyn Porter, Supervising Magistrate of ARC, will discuss the key expectations of practitioners at the Assessment and Referral Court including what is important and why (key documents).

      Her Honour will explain the key differences compared to other courts where sentencing is not simply about the offending, it’s about ‘why’’ they are offending. Case studies relating to the life-changing impact of the Court and plans for the future will be outlined.

      Presenter: Magistrate Roslyn Porter, Supervising Magistrate of ARC

    • 5:00 PM Short Break
    • 5:05 PM Specialist Lawyering & Key Roles in the ARC

      The role of ARC case managers will be explored, such as:

      • the process once someone is referred
      • how to make an appropriate referral
      • who sits at the Bar table
      • individual support plans
      • client diagnosis and how this can affect offending

      Panel members will discuss the best practice for ARC and how preparation and advocacy can be adapted to suit the nuances of work in this sector.

      ARC Panellist:

      • Linda Williamson, BBSc(Hons) M Clin Neuro, Practice Leader Assessment & Referral Court (ARC)  
      • Greg Thomas, Principal lawyer, Greg Thomas Barrister & Solicitor
    • 5:45 PM Q&A Forum
    • 6:00 PM Webinar Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    The Assessment and Referral Court (ARC) is a specialist therapeutic and solution-focused court designed to ensure access to justice and improved outcomes for accused individuals who have a mental illness and/or cognitive impairment. It works collaboratively with the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) to provide a wide range of support. ARC operates on a problem-solving court model, where the magistrate hears the matters and reviews the accused person’s progress in a less formal setting. A guilty plea is required before an individual support plan is developed. Participants can be involved from three to 12 months. Learn about how to practice effectively in ARC, how to refer clients and how they can get the most out of this specialist court.

    About the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series

    As part of its court operations, MCV provides a number of specialist courts and programs that aim to improve outcomes for court users and the community. Many of those who come before the court are assessed to have underlying mental health or substance abuse issues, social or cultural disadvantage, or a disability. Our specialist courts and programs are solution focused. They use the opportunity of an individual’s participation in the justice system to prevent offending, improve wellbeing and increase community safety.

    The LIV in partnership with the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, will provide information, resources and CPD about all the specialist courts and programs available at MCV that will ensure all practitioners are up to date and prepared when appearing in each Court, including client eligibility, referral process, what is expected of practitioners and best practice.

    MCV Specialist Courts & Programs Learning Hub

    The Magistrates' Court Specialist Courts & Programs Learning Hub is designed to complement the CPD series and contains additional information on the Court's specialist courts and programs, including links to online resources, fact sheets, key cases and LIJ articles, as well as recordings of past sessions. Access this free resource here.

  • Presenters
    Magistrate Roslyn Porter

    Magistrate Roslyn Porter, Supervising Magistrate of ARC

    Magistrate Porter is the Supervising Magistrate in the Assessment & Referral Court (“a therapeutic mental health court”) since August 2020.   She has been a Magistrate for over 10 years in both the Children’s Court and Magistrates’ Court. Magistrate Porter takes an active interest in how the courts provide therapeutic solutions.  Prior to her appointment Magistrate Porter was a lawyer for nearly 20 years, initially in private legal practice and at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) from 1990, in various roles leadership roles.

    Linda Williamson

    Linda Williamson, BBSc (Hons) M Clin Neuro, Practice Leader Assessment & Referral Court (ARC)

    Linda Williamson holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with First Class Honours and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology from La Trobe University. She is an AHPRA registered clinical neuropsychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society who has worked in community and inpatient settings for over 15 years. She supervises clinical neuropsychologists, conducts training workshops and has been a sessional lecturer in the postgraduate psychology program at La Trobe University. Since 2013, Linda has worked in private practice and conducts diagnostic assessments as well as providing psychological therapy and counselling. Linda is currently employed as Practice Leader in the Assessment and Referral Court within the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

    Greg Thomas, Principal lawyer, Greg Thomas Barrister & Solicitor

    Greg Thomas was admitted to practice in 1988 after completing his articles with Patrick Dwyer, where he worked until 1991. In 1992 Greg began working at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and stayed there for 10 years. He provided Duty Lawyer Services at the Children’s and Magistrates’ Court, before becoming in house counsel in the General Law section. In 1995 he transferred to the Criminal Law Division, where he worked as in-house counsel in indictable crime and was promoted to Manager. After he left VLA he worked with Andrew McGregor and Liz Dowling for four years before starting his own practice in 2007 - Greg Thomas Barrister & Solicitor. The firm now employs six lawyers who focuses primarily on legally aided work. Greg works with many clients who are homeless and have serious mental illnesses; some of whom are engaged with specialist courts, specifically the ARC list.

     

  • Registration, Pricing & Webinar Information

    Registration Information

    Online registration closes 12 hours before the webinar begins. If you would like to book after online registration has closed, please contact the events team on 03 9607 9473 or register@liv.asn.au.

    Full Pricing Details

    Member price: Free
    Non-member price: Free

    Webinar Details

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