Judicial Views of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Queensland's Criminal Justice System

Journal of Judicial Administration, 21 3: 178-188

University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 15-57

12 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2015 Last revised: 18 Jun 2015

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Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

Janet Hammill

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

Wayne Hall

University of Queensland

Elizabeth Russell

Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (RFFADA)

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, refers to a range of effects that can result from pre-natal exposure to maternal drinking. Under the umbrella of FASD there are several types of diagnoses which are associated with various cognitive and physical impairments. Research suggests that around 2% of the population have FASD and around 60% of those with FASD come into contact with the criminal justice system. However, unlike Canada and the United States, there is almost no mention of FASD in Australian criminal case law. This article reports the results of a survey of members of the Queensland judiciary about their understanding of FASD and how they deal with FASD in their judicial role.

JEL Classification: k00

Suggested Citation

Douglas, Heather and Hammill, Janet and Hall, Wayne and Russell, Elizabeth, Judicial Views of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Queensland's Criminal Justice System (2012). Journal of Judicial Administration, 21 3: 178-188; University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 15-57 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2611419

Heather Douglas (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Janet Hammill

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Wayne Hall

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Elizabeth Russell

Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (RFFADA)

PO Box 6795
Cairns, Queensland
Australia

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