Civil Commitment under the Mental Health Act: Does ‘Brian’s Law’ Go Too Far? 

Nov. 26, 2013
Toronto ON

Civil Commitment under the Mental Health Act:
Does 'Brian's Law' Go Too Far?
Health Law | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In 2000, expanded civil commitment criteria and provision for Community Treatment Orders were added to the Mental Health Act in Ontario following the inquest into the death of Brian Smith (“Brian’s Law”).  Mr. Smith was a well-known Ottawa broadcaster who was shot and killed in 1995 by a patient suffering from schizophrenia.  Although a constitutional challenge to the legislative changes was dismissed in September 2013, the case may be appealed and raises significant legal, constitutional and public policy issues that merit further discussion and debate.  With an expert panel including some of the very litigators involved in this ground-breaking case, this program will offer a primer on the civil commitment process under the Mental Health Act, as well as focus specifically on the legal, constitutional and public policy issues raised in the Thompson case.

Register now to hear the latest developments in this important area of the law.


Valerie Wise, Wise Health Law


Lonny Rosen, Rosen Sunshine LLP
Mercedes Perez, Swadron Associates

Program Details

Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Agenda 5:30 pm Registration
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Panel discussion followed by Q & A period
Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events
20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8

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