Court Liaison Service Downing Centre

Service Description

Provides a free service for people appearing in court who have a mental illness, mental disorder or are cognitively impaired and/or display behaviour that is thought to be related to their mental health. A mental health clinician completes a mental health assessment with consent of the person. The report is provided to the Magistrate, Police Prosecutor, and Defence Solicitor. The report includes details of the person's mental health and recommendations for care and treatment if appropriate. Court Liaisons work in several courts throughout NSW.

Alternate Names: Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network

Hours of Operation

Mon to Fri 8:30am-5pm


Referral System

By Court or Magistrate

Service Fees


Organisational Information

Area Served

Sydney Metro

Parent Organisation

NSW Government, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network

Postal Address

PO Box 150




Other Information

Facilities Available

Operates in 22 local courts throughout NSW-check local court for contact details

Volunteering Opportunities


Other Contacts

Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Hotline 1800 222 472

Last Updated: 19 December 2023