The federal government is challenging an appeal court decision that found that the registry reinforces a stereotype that those who commit criminal acts while mentally ill never change and pose a permanent risk.
News Sep 26, 2019 by Colin Perkel The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The Supreme Court of Canada will have final say on the validity of laws requiring sex offenders to register when an accused is granted an absolute discharge after being found not criminally responsible.
In a decision on Thursday, the high court said it would hear the government’s appeal of a ruling that declared the provisions unconstitutional for discriminating against the mentally ill.
The case involves a man charged with sexually assaulting his wife while in a manic state. He was found not criminally responsible in June 2002. The Ontario Review Board granted him an absolute discharge a year later and he has since led a “law-abiding and productive life,” according to court records.