Robert Menzies, an SFU professor, maintains in Survival of the Sanest that abuses of pre-trial assessments are so prevalent in Canada that psychiatric assessments to determine whether a person is fit to stand trial should be abolished. "As presently constituted," he says, "the pre-trial classification work of clinical experts cannot be justified on medical, moral or legal grounds."

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Regulating Lives: Historical Essays on the State, Society, the Individual, and the Law


Survival of the Sanest: Order and Disorder in a Psychiatric Pre-Trial Clinic (U. of Toronto 1989)

Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies (Canadian Scholars Press 2013) $49.95 9781551305349 - co-edited with Brenda A. LeFrancois and Geoffrey Reaume

[BCBW 2014] "Law"