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Criminal Justice Liaison Nurse (CJLN)

The Criminal Justice Mental Health Liaison Team comprises a small team of senior mental health nurses, who are experienced in working with people with mental health difficulties and also in working alongside the criminal justice system.

The CJLN may assess a detainee whilst in custody and where appropriate will seek opportunities for diversion away from the criminal justice system.

They will also seek to ensure that, where a prosecution is likely, relevant information about an offender's mental condition is made available to the courts.

At Malinsgate custody, the CJLN will often be called to act as an appropriate adult, notwithstanding that this is not their primary role and any conflict will be taken into consideration.