Mentally Impaired Clients: Procedural Choices and Ethical Considerations (On Demand)

Recorded Webinar 1 CPD Hr
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Representing mentally impaired clients in the criminal context can be complex given the range of legal and clinical options.  It becomes even more difficult given the ethical considerations that may arise. This On Demand webinar provides insights into what courses of action are available and how best to balance these with ethical concerns.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a better understanding of the legal and clinical options available to mentally impaired clients and how to identify the best approach in the circumstances of each case.
  • Learn more about the ethical issues that may arise for practitioners when balancing duties to the Court and to their clients.
  • Receive practical advice on taking instructions, negotiating with the Crown and resolving issues where clients’ mental wellbeing has lapsed. 

Who should view?

All criminal lawyers who may have clients suffering from mental impairment; it may also be of interest to litigators involved with family, immigration and youth matters.


Ron Mansfield
22 Lorne Chambers

Justin Harder
Barrister, Sentinel Chambers

Justin Harder was a lawyer at the Public Defence Service and is now practising as a barrister. He is a member of the Public Defence Service's National Ethics Committee and has a special interest in representing defendants with intellectual disabilities. Justin has represented intellectually impaired defendants in the Court of Appeal and has recently appeared in troubling appeals where fitness to plead issues have only first been identified well after proceedings have ended.