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Mental Disorder and the Law

A Primer for Legal and Mental Health Professionals

by Hy Bloom & Richard D. Schneider

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Over the past decade or so, Canada's criminal justice system has had to deal with escalating numbers of mentally disordered offenders.

At the provincial level, a number of provinces have implemented "diversion" programs. These programs are vehicles for re-connecting mentally disordered individuals with the civil mental health care systems from which they have become disconnected. In 1992, the Parliament of Canada introduced sweeping changes to the Criminal Code which reflected a new approach to the problem of the mentally ill offender. These changes were based on a growing appreciation that treating mentally ill offenders like other offenders failed to address properly the interests of either the offenders or the public. The emphasis in the legislation and in the judicial decisions which have followed it is on achieving the twin goals of protecting the public and treating the mentally ill offender fairly and appropriately.

This purpose of this book is to inform, promote understanding, and demystify. The book follows the logical and temporal sequence of the issues a mentally disordered accused is likely to encounter from arrest to sentencing—or in the case of an accused found not criminally responsible, until that point when he or she is absolutely discharged by a provincial or territorial review board. It provides a succinct overview of the key topics that judges, crown and defence counsel, and mental health providers are likely to encounter in their day-to-day work with mentally disordered offenders. It brings together psychiatric/clinical information with key legal principles, case law, and applicable statutory provisions; it thereby allows the reader to access relevant theoretical and practical information from the disciplines of both psychiatry and law. Collaboration between the two disciplines will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in facilitating the provision of service to this afflicted and invariably underserviced population.

An earlier version of this work entitled The Mentally Disordered Offender was written specifically for the National Judicial Institute's "Electronic Bench Book" series.

About the Authors
Hy Bloom, LLB, MD, FRCP(C) is a forensic psychiatrist and lawyer who assesses individuals who have mental illnesses and outstanding criminal charges. He is a founding member of the PSILEX Group, Consultants in Behavioural Sciences and the Law. He is also a part-time staff member in the Complex Mental Illness/Forensic Services Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and adjunct faculty at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. Dr Bloom has published on a number of topics in psychiatry and the law.
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Richard D. Schneider, BSc, MA, PhD, LLB, LLM, CPsych, is Chairman of the Ontario Review Board and a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice. He was previously a criminal defence lawyer and certified clinical psychologist. The Honourable Mr. Justice Schneider was counsel to the Ontario Review Board from 1994 to 2000, and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in criminal litigation. His private practice was generally limited to the representation of mentally disordered accused. Justice Schneider is also an adjunct professor with the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, and an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Law, both at the University of Toronto. He was named honorary president of the Canadian Psychological Association in 2002. He is presently the alternate chairperson of the Nunavut Review Board. Prior to becoming chair of the Ontario Review Board, a great deal of his time was spent presiding at the Mental Health Court in Toronto. Major research interests are competency and criminal responsibility. Justice Schneider has published extensively in the area of mental disorder and the law.
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