If you or a family member have to go to court, effective preparation and representation are key for those with mental health challenges.  The Court will likely be an unfamiliar environment.  Court staff will unfailingly do their best to be helpful, but resources are scant and training in the issues arising often minimal.  The Court hearing itself is more easily adapted, as long as good quality information is available to the right people, and adaptations can sometimes be quite modest yet effective. Pre-Court visits can be used effectively in some cases.  Using technology is increasingly an option, for example having an appearance via video link rather than in person in an appropriate case.  What works in one case may not work in another, but through sufficient care, expertise and planning the process and experience of going to court can be significantly improved.

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