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3rd Annual Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice Conference

When: Sat, 28-Apr-2018 09:30

Where: FCP Gallery, First Canadian Place, 100 K, Toronto, ON

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

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

In person: FCP Gallery, First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto OR Live Webcast

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.


  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Check-In and Networking
  • 10:00 – 10:05 a.m. Opening Remarks – Webcast begins
  • 10: 05 – 10:25 a.m. Bail
  • 10:25 – 10:50 a.m. Using Civil Orders to help Criminal Clients: “You say invasive, I say persuasive!”
  • 10:50 – 11:10 a.m. “Significant Risk of Significant Harm” – the test for ongoing Review Board jurisdiction
  • 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 noon. The 12 Minute Mental Disorder Lawyers – Five Leading Cases in 2017
  • 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
  • 12:45 – 1:15 p.m. Keynote Address – Remembering the late Justice Marc Rosenberg and his Contribution to Mental Disorder Law and Access to Justice
  • 1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Forensic Assessments (unfit / NCR) – In Custody vs. In Hospital Assessments
  • 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Seclusion and Restraint in Psychiatric Facilities – not always Asylum
  • 2: 15 – 2:30 p.m. BREAK
  • 2:30 – 3:10 p.m. In Crisis and In the Community – Police Interactions Leading to Lethal Outcomes
  • 3:10 – 3: 40 p.m. “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Civil Mental Health System …but were afraid to ask”
  • 3:40 – 3:55 p.m. How to get Paid
  • 3:55 – 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Registration Rates (for both in person and live webcast options):

  • $150 plus HST: CLA Full/Observer/LAMDA Member called to the bar in or before 2014
  • $130 plus HST: CLA Full/Observer/LAMDA Member called to the bar in 2015 and after
  • $90 plus HST: CLA Articling Student Member/LAMDA Articling Student Member
  • $70 plus HST: CLA Student Member/LAMDA Student Member
  • $230 plus HST: Non-Member Practicing Lawyer, Paralegal or other professionals
  • $130 plus HST: Non-Member Articling Students or Students


Sign up before:
Sat, 28-Apr-2018 09:15


Tel: (416) 214-9875
Email: Click here


FCP Gallery, First Canadian Place, 100 K, Toronto, ON

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