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The Mental Health and Disability Law Committee is made up of experienced practitioners who work across a range of practice areas to assist clients who have specific mental health needs or specific needs resulting from a disability. The Committee liaises closely with a wide range of stakeholders in the mental health and disability sector including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Mental Health District Inspectors, the Legal Services Commissioner and secure care facilities throughout Auckland.

In 2020, the Committee will keep a watching brief on a range of topical matters including the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care, the upcoming national referendum on medically assisted dying and the potential legalisation of cannabis for medicinal and/or recreational purposes. Other areas of focus for the committee in 2020 will include advocating for a specialist court for people with specific mental health needs or needs resulting from a disability and the establishment of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission.