Defendants can be referred from the general criminal list by their solicitor, police, the Magistrate, a guardian or other persons known to the individual. Alternatively, the individual may initiate the referral themselves.
Referrals may also be made by workers from agencies that provide treatment or support to the individual.
The person, (or their guardian) is required to consent to the referral. If they do so, their matters are adjourned for four – six weeks, during which time they are assessed and a report is prepared for the court and copies are sent to the prosecutor and the legal representative.