Research projects

Project status

Unfitness to plead and indefinite detention of persons with cognitive impairments in Australia

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2015 Seed Funded Projects

The DRI awarded seed funding across priority research areas for these projects in 2015 in partnership with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Melbourne Networked Society Institute, and Melbourne Neuroscience Institute.



2017 Research Projects


Unfitness to plead and indefinite detention in Australia

The aim of this project is to develop practical and legal solutions to the problem of people with cognitive impairments, being found “unfit to plead” and subject to indefinite detention in Australia and to better ensure that people with cognitive disabilities can meaningfully participate, on an equal basis with others, in criminal proceedings brought against them.