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When will an NCR assessment usually be requested?

If an NCR assessment is requested by either the Crown or the accused’s lawyer, it will usually be after the accused has pled guilty or has been found guilty after a trial, and there is some evidence to suggest that they were suffering from a mental disorder at the time they committed a criminal offence.

However, in some cases, an accused’s lawyer may ask for an NCR assessment even though their client has not pled guilty or been found guilty after a trial.