From the Nova Scotia Department of Justice website:
A specialized Mental Health Court, the first of its kind in Nova Scotia, will hold its first seating on November 5, 2009. The new court will hear cases which have been recommended by a mental health court team as being eligible for the program, and a team of mental health clinicians and lawyers will be at the courthouse to assess potential clients and assist with their needs through counselling and other support. The goal of this new court is to treat Nova Scotians with mental disorders, who commit criminal offences, fairly and compassionately, and to help them improve their mental health to reduce the risk to public safety.
For more information, please see:
Mental Health Court: Overview (PDF)
Mental Health Court: Mission (PDF)
Mental Health Court: FAQ (PDF)