New & Notable: NCRMD and Section 7

R v Quenville and R v Stirling

The provisions of the Code that relate to findings of NCRMD do not violate sections 7 or 15 of the Charter.  Specifically, the Ontario Court of Appeal, 2010 ONCA 223, 2010 CarswellOnt 1773, [2010] OJ No 1235; leave refused 2011 CarswellOnt 1267, [2010] SCCA 409 rejected the argument that the failure of the Code to mandate an inquiry into whether an accused's consent to an NCRMD finding is with full knowledge of the consequences: there is no principle of fundamental justice requiring that a person who is criminally responsible be exempted from being found NCRMD.

DG Mack