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What is an NCR assessment?

An NCR assessment can be ordered by a judge to determine whether a person who was suffering from a mental disorder at the time they committed an offence was criminally responsible for his or her actions.

Much like a fitness assessment, in most cases the person being assessed is sent to a secure psychiatric facility for the assessment. In some cases, an NCR assessment and a fitness assessment are done at the same time.

Unlike a fitness assessment, which is concerned with finding out what a person’s current mental state is, an NCR assessment is done to determine the person’s mental state at the time they committed an offence. An NCR assessment can occur while a person is in or out of custody.