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This one day, ground-breaking OsgoodePD program will explore the crossroads of mental health and criminal justice from the challenges facing police when dealing with mentally ill persons, through the criminal process, the use of the not criminally responsible defence, to litigation before the Review Board.

A truly expert faculty from across Canada, with representation from the judiciary, Review Board, legal profession, academia, policing community and the fi eld of psychiatry and psychology, will
explore the essential and emerging issues, including:

  • Challenges and responses involving policing and mentally ill persons; the use of mobile crisis units, pre-charge diversion, vulnerable persons registries and other criminal justice system entry point challenges
  • Overcoming stereotypes and public prejudice involving the NCR defence
  • Latest hot button issues before the Courts and Review Boards
  • Examining the impact of the NCR Reform Act on the legal landscape including use of high risk accused designations and plea negotiations



  • Joan Barrett, Deputy Director, Crown Law Office-Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • The Hon. Justice Riun Shandler, Ontario Court of Justice

Keynote Speaker

  • The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, CC, Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
    “Lessons Learned from Police Encounters with People in Crisis”
  • Janice Blackburn, Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP Barristers Solicitors
  • Inspector Chris Boddy, Toronto Police Service
  • Dr. John Bradford, Forensic Mental Health, The Royal Ottawa, Brockville Mental Health Centre
  • Tania Breton, Justice Lead, CAMH (Ottawa)
  • Gregory Brodsky, QC, Brodsky & Company, Barristers
  • Sarah Burtenshaw, Mental Health Worker, Crisis Outreach and Support Team
  • Gina Clark, Regional Implementation Coordinator, CAMH (Northwest Region – Kenora Rainy River District)
  • Professor Steve Coughlan, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
  • Margaret Creal, Chair, Consent and Capacity Board, Ontario
  • Erin Dann, Di Luca Barristers
  • Michael Davies, Foord Davies LLP
  • The Hon. Justice Peter DeFreitas, Associate Chief Justice, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Michael Feindel, Crown Coordinator, Ontario Review Board, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Dr Janelle Hawes, Lead Manager Forensic Services, SAYC – Kinark Child and Family Services
  • Lyle Hillaby, Crown Counsel, British Columbia Ministry of Justice and Attorney General
  • Shayne Kert, Alternate Chair, Consent and Capacity Board Ontario
  • Dr. Philip Klassen, Vice-President, Medical Services, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • Christine McGoey, Retired Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • The Hon. Justice Heather Perkins-McVey, Ontario Court of Justice
  • JoAnn Miller-Reid, Assistant Deputy Minister, Youth Justice Services, Ministry of Children and Youth Services (Ontario)
  • Robert S. Richardson, Barrister
  • The Hon. Justice Gary Trotter, Ontario Superior Court of Justice


Group Discounts

For boardroom and multi-purchase rates, please email us.

Group Discounts for CPD Programs

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.


After your purchase is complete, the course will appear in the Order History of your OsgoodePD account with a link to "Take Online Course". Once you click "Take Online Course" you will be forwarded to the Moodle page with the materials link. The program video link with be unlocked on the day of the program. You will have access to the video for 60 days.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations, Substitutions and Refunds

All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase. In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Mary Park

Program Details

Date & Time

May 27, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT/EST

Date Recorded

February 26, 2016



Fee per Delegate

$545 plus HST

CLA members receive 25% off

Registration for this program is now closed.

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers
  • Judges
  • Review Board members
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Mental health court workers and other support workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Forensic psychologists

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“Absolutely outstanding program all around. Very informative. Everything was great.”
Defence lawyer

“Great overview of current relevant issues, very engaging panels with knowledgeable experts.”
Justice Canada lawyer

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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