About the Authors

AuthorRichard D. Schneider; Caitlin Pakosh; Lora Patton
About the Authors
The Honourable Mr. Justice Richard D. Schneider, BSc, MA, PhD, LLB, LLM, CPsych, is a Justice
of the Ontario Court of Justice, Deputy Judge of the Territorial Court of Yukon, Chair of the Ontario
Review Board, and Alternate Chair of the Nunavut Review Board. He was previously a criminal
defence lawyer and certied clinical psychologist. He was counsel to the Ontario Review Board
from  to  and was certied by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in crim-
inal litigation. Justice Schneider is also an Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of
Medicine and Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto; a “Specially Appointed Researcher” at
the China University of Political Science and Law Criminal Psychology Research Centre. He was
named Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association in .
Justice Schneider’s private practice was generally limited to the representation of mentally
disordered accused, and a great deal of his time has been spent presiding at the Mental Health
Court in Toronto. His major research interests are competency and criminal responsibility, and he
has published extensively in the area of mental disorder and the law. Recent books include Mental
Health Courts: Decriminalizing the Mentally Ill (, with H. Bloom & M. Heerema); Annotated
Ontario Mental Health Statutes, th ed (); The Lunatic and the Lords (); Law and Mental
Disorder: A Comprehensive and Practical Approach (, with H. Bloom); Mental Disorder and the
Law: A Primer for Legal and Mental Health Professionals, d ed (, with H. Bloom); Fitness to
Stand Trial: Fairness First and Foremost (, with H. Bloom); and The Death of a Buttery: Mental
Health Court Diaries () [all published by Irwin Law/irwinlaw.com].
Caitlin Pakosh is an Assistant Crown Attorney in Newmarket and an Assistant Professor at the
University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Forensic Science Program with experience researching
and writing about the intersection between the forensic sciences and criminal law, most notably
in her award-winning book, The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences (Irwin Law, ). Among
her other duties as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Newmarket, Caitlin assists in the organization
of the Domestic Violence Community Treatment Court, which addresses intimate partner violence
cases involving accused persons with underlying challenges, including addiction, mental health
issues, and elder violence among intimate partners.
In her capacity at UTM, Caitlin teaches three courses that explore the forensic sciences and
Canadian criminal law: a rst-year introductory course, an advanced third-year course, and an
upper-year research course. Prior to joining the Ministry of the Attorney General, Caitlin spent six
years as a criminal defence lawyer, opening an appellate practice after working for several years
at Innocence Canada (formerly AIDWYC, the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted)
as its Case Management Counsel, then as its Senior Sta Lawyer. Caitlin was called to the Bar
in Ontario in June  after receiving her law degree from the University of Calgary in . She
graduated from UTM’s Forensic Science program in , specializing in forensic anthropology
with a minor in biology. 

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