Addendum 28th October: The UK Human Rights Blog has also taken a look at Mental Health Courts. See the item by barrister Adam Wagner - "Specialist Mental Health Courts are a good idea which may never happen" - 17th September 2010. Please also have a look at the comments to this post, one of which is from Mr Wagner.
The criminal law and mental health have a complex and somewhat uneasy relationship. It is hoped to explore some of those issues in later posts.