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Southern DHB Forensic Services

Public Service, Mental Health, Mental Health & Addictions


Court Liaison Service

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type



Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Age Groups

Adult / pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections


The service provides:

  • Initial informal Court reports that include mental state examination and risk assessment.
  • Support / guidance on relevant legislation.
  • Provide recommendations to the Courts.
  • Arrange formal Court reports with the Forensic Psychiatrist. 
  • Treatment and follow up in conjunction with Forensic Psychiatrist.
  • Support and education to clients and family/whānau.
  • Cultural input/consultation.
  • Provide liaison, support and education for clients and staff within the Justice system. 
  • Liaison and referrals to other agencies, if appropriate, Eg:
    • Child and Family Therapy Service
    • Alcohol and Drug Service
    • Psychological counselling
  • Liaison with Prison Liaison Nurse for sentenced/remand inmates who require support. 

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This page was last updated at 11:06AM on April 28, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Forensic Services.