What does NCR mean?

NCR stands for “Not Criminally Responsible.” It is defined in section 16 of the Criminal Code. Section 16 of the Criminal Code states that a person is not criminally responsible for something that he or she did (or didn’t do, if they were legally required to do something) if they were suffering from a mental disorder at the time, and:

  • the mental disorder made it impossible for him/her to understand the nature and quality of what they did;
    OR
  • the mental disorder made it impossible for them to understand that what they did was morally wrong (not just legally wrong).