FASD & the Justice System

Re. CASD, 2016 CarswellBC 3916 (BCRB)

Youth found unfit to stand trial - expert evidence that accused’s focus was limited to a matter of minutes and he did not understand roles of court participants - expert recalled after evidence from accused indicated that he could articulate the consequences of a finding of guilt and explain the role of a judge and his lawyer - new medication may have reduced anxiety and yielded positive impact on focus and performance - opinion changed to fit