In Depth: The Intersection Between Mental Illness and Criminal Justice

Compulsory Professional Development
  • Who: LSN Member Shayne Kert, Barrister  
  • When:  May 26 from 5:30pm to 8pm ET
  • Where and How: Aqsarniit Hotel, Iqaluit; and virtual option will be available for remote participation
  • RSVP: support@lawsociety.nu.ca   
  • Light dinner will be available

Increasingly, individuals experiencing mental disorders are becoming involved with the criminal justice system. Today, criminal lawyers require specialized knowledge and skills to deal with psychiatric issues that arise throughout the criminal law process.

This presentation will examine the interaction between mental disorder and the criminal justice system, offering both a legal and practical working knowledge in respect of Part XX.1 of the Criminal Code (the mental disorder provisions). We will review some of the leading jurisprudence and will provide counsel with assistance in the handling of mental health cases within the criminal justice system.

Various topics to be covered include mental health assessments, fitness to stand trial, treatment orders, and not criminally responsible (NCR) verdicts. We will also provide intensive instruction regarding practice before the Nunavut Review Board.