Fitness to Stand Trial: What is the Impairment Threshold?
Recorded: Yes, subject to presenter consent
In this livestreamed seminar, Grant Blake, also provides a systematic overview of the requisite abilities, per case law, under each Presser criterion, and where proportionality applies (e.g., seriousness of the charge, complexity of the trial, and circumstantial evidence versus direct evidence).
The complex and contentious issue of delusions will be described with reference to specific cases where acutely delusional defendants were fit for trial. Strategies to remediate unfitness will be discussed, to assist legal practitioners represent minimally fit defendants.
- Understand the requisite abilities for fitness, per each Presser criterion
- Understand proportionslity factors and how they may raise or lower the threshold of impairment to be unfit for trial
- Describe cases where delusions and irrationality have not rendered defendant's unfit
- Know reasonable remediation strategies that counsel may use when representing barely fit defendants
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Grant Blake is a clinical psychologist who provides assessment and treatment for a variety of clinical and forensic presentations. He has a particular interest in treating posttraumatic stress disorder, psycho-legal assessment (e.g., compensation, criminal law, family law, decision making capacity, risk), and is an expert witness for complex forensic mental health matters.
Grant regularly provides consultancy services for workplace stress management, mental health, communication and wellbeing. His workshops are tailored to suit each organisation to ensure the workplace’s needs are addressed. He is a dynamic presenter who blends psychological theory with practical tasks aimed to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. He uses humour, fun activities and behavioural experiments to keep participants engaged.
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