It is estimated that a significant number of Canadians will experience mental illness in their lifetimes. This has practical implications for lawyers practicing in dispute resolution. It is prudent for lawyers to have an understanding of mental illness and its potential impact on their clients and other parties in litigation. This paper examines the intersection of mental illness and law. It includes an overview of what mental illness is, and then discusses how mental illness affects dispute resolution. It also provides some tips and considerations for lawyers to recognize and respond to mental illness concerns when dealing with clients and other parties in their practice.
This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s 2017 Understanding the Brain – What Lawyers Need to Know program.
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