FASD & the Justice System

R. v. RLF, 2010 NBPC 35 (Jackson J.): 

15 year old youth with FASD/ADHD charged with assault with a weapon, threatening – operates at level of 7-8 year old child – significant limitations in vocabulary, conversing with strangers, comprehension of concepts like guilt, innocence – incapable of meaningfully participating in trial process, inability to communicate with and instruct counsel – unfit.