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Making Use of the Specialized Courts – DTC, MHC, YMHC, IPC

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Kim Hyslop
Gavin Johnston
Lauren Konarowski
Elizabeth Warren
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
35 minutes
$99.00 plus tax
34th Annual Criminal Law Conference

Kim Hyslop, Gavin Johnston, Lauren Konarowski, and Elizabeth Warren review the specialized courts available in Ottawa: Drug Treatment Court, Mental Health Court, Youth Mental Health Court, and Indigenous Peoples’ Court, including the specific measures that courts take to ensure that clients living with mental health and/or substance use issues and/or who are Indigenous do not feel alienated by the court. 

The speakers discuss effective strategies for interviewing your client to determine whether a specialty court is right for the client, including managing your client’s expectations of what can be achieved in the court and what your client will be expected to do. The panelists also discuss strategies for dealing with difficult clients in the specific context of specialty courts. They cover counsel’s duties related to advocacy, particularly that counsel’s role is not to do what is in the client’s best interest or to “fix” the client, but rather to follow the client’s instructions. Given the clientele that use the specialty courts, the panel also discusses the importance of language and terminology that counsel use when communicating with clients living with mental health and/or drug use issues and with clients who are Indigenous. The panelists discuss strategies for interviewing clients to avoid retraumatizing the client when discussing difficult and challenging aspects of the client’s history.


Kim Hyslop

Kim graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2007 with a B.Soc.Sc. in Political Science and Criminology. She earned her LL.B., also from the University of Ottawa, in 2010 and was called to the Bar in June 2011. Kim practices in association with Shore Davis Johnston exclusively in the area of criminal law. She has represented clients charged with a broad range of offences and has experience assisting clients in the Mental Health Court, including issues of Not Criminally Responsible (“NCR”) and Fitness to Stand Trial. Kim is also a Founder, Director, and current Secretary of the Barristers for a Better Bytown, a local charity which aims to give back to members of our community who are in need, including at risk youth, the homeless, and others.

Gavin Johnston

Lauren Konarowski

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren is an Associate at Carroll & Wallace, where she completed her articles and worked as a student throughout her undergraduate and law degrees. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Ottawa Common Law program and the Criminology program at Carleton University with a concentration in Law. During her time at Carroll & Wallace, Elizabeth has worked on hundreds of different matters, including public inquiries, criminal charges, regulatory charges, disciplinary matters and quasi-criminal matters. Elizabeth was called to the Bar in 2014 and is a member of the Indigenous Bar Association, the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, the Criminal Lawyers' Association and the Carleton County Law Association.

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