FASD & the Justice System

R. v. Trott, 2012 BCPC 174 (Higinbotham J.) – arbitrary detention

Voir dire to determine arbitrary detention of Trott prior to alleged discovery of a prohibited weapon – FASD diagnosis, trouble processing information, problems with memory – Trott small, young, no criminal history – also Aboriginal which could mean particularly unable to disregard police directions – FASD affects level of sophistication – age, size, minority status and reduced level of sophistication exacerbate power imbalance – detention arbitrary – violation significant toMr. Trott – evidence excluded.