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Mental Health Panel

Mental Health Panel
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20 minutes
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10 minutes
Michael Davies
Marie Dufort
Meghan McMahon
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
30 minutes
$79.00 plus tax
CCLA 30th Annual Criminal Law Conference 2018
Includes Handouts

This panel is comprised of two senior lawyers who have expertise in the area of mental disorder criminal in criminal law. The panel will discuss the impact of scholarly literature on NCR hearings, how the hearings proceed; how to assist the judge in these cases and what the judge expects of counsel; the interplay between the law and psychiatry; dealing with the expert; the impact of NCR on your client; and general advice/issues that arise in Mental Health Court. The panel will explore the lawyer's duties and role as an advocate, access to justice, dealing with clients with special needs and reduced intellectual capacity, managing difficult clients, and best practices for dealing with challenging ethical situations that arise in these contexts. EDI Professionalism content includes:

  • 2.1 Making legal services available to the pubic and related access to justice principles
  • 2.4 Recognizing and being sensitive to clients’ circumstances, special needs and intellectual capacity
  • 2.5 Managing difficult clients
  • 2.14 Dealing effectively with unrepresented persons
  • 6.2 Understanding power and privilege and unconscious bias
  • 6.5 Special responsibilities of lawyers to respect human rights laws in force in Ontario
  • 6.6 How to prevent and address discrimination and harassment


Michael Davies

Michael has been practicing criminal law, both trials and appeals, since his call to the bar in 1995. Michael is a leading lawyer on mental health law. He regularly appears before the Ontario Review Board and the Consent and Capacity Board. He is frequently appointed as amicus curiae (friend of the court) by the Ontario Court of Appeal in cases involving individuals with mental disorders. Michael graduated from the University of Western Ontario Law School in 1993. He subsequently earned an LL.M. from Queen’s University Law School focusing on remedies to Charter violations in criminal cases. Prior to entering law school he earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Wales. Michael has been an Ottawa Area Director for the Ontario Criminal Lawyers’ Association. He has taught at Carleton University and has previously taught at the law, medical and nursing schools of Ottawa University.

Marie Dufort

Marie Dufort a été admise au Barreau du Québec en 1999 après avoir fait sa cléricature auprès du Juge Michel Proulx de la Cour d’Appel du Québec. Elle s’est ensuite jointe au Service fédéral des poursuites du Canada en tant qu’aviseur spécial auprès du Sous-Procureur adjoint – Droit criminel, où elle a également travaillé en tant qu’avocate au Service d’entraide internationale (Extradition) avant de se joindre au Bureau du Procureur de la Couronne de l’Ontario en 2003. Elle travaille présentement en tant que Procureur adjointe de la Couronne à Ottawa. Elle est membre du Barreau du Haut-Canada depuis 2002.Marie Dufort was called to the Quebec Bar in 1999 after having clerked for the Honourable Justice Michel Proulx of the Quebec Court of Appeal. She then joined the Federal Prosecution Service of the Department of Justice – Canada as Special advisor to the Assistant Deputy Attorney General – Criminal Law, where she also worked as Counsel for the Internal Assistance Group (Extradition Unit) before joining the Ontario Crown Attorney’s Office (Haileybury) in 2003. Since 2005, she has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ottawa Crown Attorney’s Office. She is a member the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2002.

Meghan McMahon

Meaghan graduated law school from the University of Ottawa, and was called to the Bar in 2015. She works as an associate lawyer at Davies Barristers.

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