This month LexisNexis is hosting two free webinars on mental health and law. Check the descriptions below for more information and registration.

Each Webinar Includes:

  • CPD Credits: 1 hour (Substantive)
    • For Ontario, 1 hour can be applied towards the 9 Substantive Hours of Continuing Professional Development as required by the Law Society of Ontario
    • For other provinces, consider including this 1 hour course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society
  • A chance to interact through online question and answer periods
  • A recording of the live event

Mental Health and the Crossroads of Indigenous Persons, Bail & Sentencing January 17, 2023 12:00 PM

Contributing authors of “Law and Mental Health in Canada: Cases and Materials” discuss the intersection of mental health and Indigenous persons who become charged with a criminal charge or come before the Consent and Capacity Board. They also explore the ways mental health can impact decisions at the bail and sentencing stages in criminal proceedings.

Key Learning Objectives
• To identify and address issues specific to Indigenous persons living with mental health disorders in both the criminal and civil mental health fields.
• To identify and address issues specific to bail and sentencing for accused persons presenting with mental health disorders.
• To participate in a Question & Answer period with the opportunity to ask live questions.


Administrative Tribunal Litigation and Mental Health January 25, 2023 12:00 PM

The co-authors and General Editors of “Law and Mental Health in Canada: Cases and Materials” discuss the pros and cons of mental health law litigation before civil mental health review panels and Criminal Code Review Boards across Canada, including particular challenges for both litigants and tribunals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics covered include the nature of these hearings, the expertise of panels, rules of evidence and the tribunals, best practices in appearing as counsel for parties in such proceedings, cultural competency and tips for avoiding the appearance of institutional bias and providing full and fair hearings.

Key Learning Objectives
• To identify and address issues specific to administrative law litigation where mental health is an issue as distinct from traditionally adversarial trial proceedings in Court and how to ensure full and fair, bias-free hearings both from the perspective of litigants and the tribunal.
• To participate in a Question & Answer period with the opportunity to ask live questions

Please note: The library will be closing early on Friday, March 1 at 11:00am for a special event.