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The Mental Health Court is constituted by a Supreme Court judge who is assisted by 2 experienced psychiatrists who advise the Court on medical or psychiatric matters. Advice given by the assisting psychiatrists is provided in a way that is accessible to all parties. In each case, the decision is that of the judge.
The Court has inquisitorial powers that enable the Judge to investigate the issues fully, and to accept material that may otherwise be inadmissible in other court proceedings. Hearings are generally open to the public.
The Court conducts hearings in the Supreme Court at Brisbane and with agreement of the parties may conduct hearings via videoconferencing. The Court may also travel on circuit from time to time.