STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE ON THE "NOT CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE ON ACCOUNT OF MENTAL DISORDER" DEFENCE
OTTAWA, May 16, 2012 — The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada today made the following statement regarding the law that applies to persons found Not Criminally Responsible:
"Canadians have expressed concerns with respect to the risks that may be posed by persons who are found to be Not Criminally Responsible. They are worried that those who have committed very serious and violent acts and who represent a threat to the community may be released onto our streets.
"Our government believes that public safety must always come first.
"We are working to obtain support from the provinces and territories to ensure that the protection of society is the paramount consideration for review panels looking at these cases.
"I have also instructed my officials to examine the applicable law and identify any necessary changes. They will report back to me at the earliest opportunity.
"Our government will continue to work in the interest of victims and law-abiding Canadians so that our streets and communities are safe places for people to live, raise their families and do business."
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