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Mental Disorder and the Law: A Primer for Legal and Mental Health Professionals

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781552211212
Author(s): Hon Richard D. Schneider
Format: Paperback
Year: 2006
Publisher: Irwin Law
Dimensions: 154 x 230 x 17 (w x l x h)
Pages: 324

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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 x02014;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
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