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Webcast: 3rd Annual Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice Conference

  • 28 Apr 2018
  • 12:00 AM
  • 9 Feb 2029
  • 12:00 PM
  • Webcast - 10 video recordings - roughly 30 minutes in length each



Hosted by the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) and the Law and Mental Disorder Association (LAMDA)

Recorded on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Increasingly, individuals with mental health issues are becoming entangled in the criminal justice system. These clients present unique challenges for defence counsel. Solicitor-client relationships may be complicated, and the law is no simpler. Defence counsel require specialized knowledge and skills to deal with psychiatric issues that crop up throughout the criminal law process.

Come hear leading practitioners and new lawyers identify ethical and professional pitfalls and offer strategies to successfully manage cases involving a wide variety of mental health issues.

This year we move beyond the basics of fitness and NCR. We will explore an explosion of new cases coming out of our Court of Appeal in 2017 giving appellate guidance to the ORB and stake-holders on interpretations of the Mental Disorder provisions of the Code.  We begin basic learning about civil mental health law as we must understand in the context of defending our clients.  We also examine what happens in the community, including problematic interactions of police with individuals in crisis which lead to lethal outcomes.


  • Bail
  • Using Civil Orders to help Criminal Clients: “You say invasive, I say persuasive!”
  •  “Significant Risk of Significant Harm” – the test for ongoing Review Board jurisdiction
  • The 12 Minute Mental Disorder Lawyers – Five Leading Cases in 2017
  • Keynote Address – Remembering the late Justice Marc Rosenberg and his Contribution to Mental Disorder Law and Access to Justice
  • Forensic Assessments (unfit / NCR) – In Custody vs. In Hospital Assessments
  • Seclusion and Restraint in Psychiatric Facilities – not always Asylum
  • In Crisis and In the Community – Police Interactions Leading to Lethal Outcomes
  • “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Civil Mental Health System …but were afraid to ask”
  • How to get Paid

Registration Rates (includes PDF copy of materials):

  • $50 plus HST: CLA and LAMDA Members
  • $100 plus HST: Non-Member Practicing Lawyer, Paralegal or other professionals

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