This chapter focuses on the specific issues and challenges that legal practitioners face in representing and advocating for people with ABI. Specifically, the chapter will draw on the findings of a study conducted in Victoria, Australia which investigated the experiences of people with ABI who came into contact with the justice system and will explore the difficulties in identifying, and obtaining assessment for, people suspected of having an ABI; the challenges in representing this client group, including managing concerns around their fitness to stand trial; and finally, the need for further education and training for legal practitioners to exercise these functions effectively. The chapter will conclude with reflections for improved practice and policy informed by legal practitioners and other stakeholders in Victoria.
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