Mental Health Law

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CLAS can help with some legal issues related to mental health:

  • Criminal Code Review Board Hearings - We can help if you have a BC Review Board hearing scheduled under the Mental Disorder provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada.
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  • Mental Health Review Board Hearings - We can help if you want to contest involuntary detention, certification, and extended leave under the BC Mental Health Act. Follow the link to find more information about applying for a Mental Health Review Board hearing, also called a Review Panel hearing. If you are a lawyer working with us to represent clients at Review Panel hearings, or if you are interested in doing so, we have a Resource page for lawyers working with our Mental Health Law Program, with information, forms, and guides.
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  • Certificates of Incapability under the Adult Guardianship Act - CLAS can provide legal advice if you would like to challenge a certificate of incapability that made the Public Guardian and Trustee a statutory property guardian under the Adult Guardianship Act.
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  • Judicial reviews of decisions made by a Review Panel under the Mental Health Act - CLAS can provide legal advice if you believe there are grounds for a court to review the Review Panel decision because the panel incorrectly applied the law or otherwise made a decision that was not within its statutory jurisdiction.
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  • If you have a complaint about the services provided by an MHLP lawyer, advocate, or private lawyer we have retained on your behalf, please see our Complaints Policy to find out how you can submit a complaint.