Mar 01, 2019 · The optimization of trial competency restoration is a topic of growing interest and controversy in the fields of forensics, psychology, criminal law, and public policy. Research has established that adult defendants who have severe psychotic disorders and cognitive impairments are more likely than defendants without these conditions to be found incompetent to stand trial and are Author: Graham S. Danzer, Elizabeth M.A. Wheeler, Apryl A. Alexander, Tobias D. Wasser. How Courts Determine Competency. When a legitimate question arises as to competency, the defendant has a right to a hearing to determine fitness to stand trial. All trial courts have authority to order psychological evaluations of defendants, and in many states, an evaluation is automatic once a party raises the competency issue.Author: Nolo.
John's competency to stand trial was evaluated by a court appointed team consisting of a child forensic psychiatrist, a psychologist, and a social worker. The team concluded that John did not have the capacity to understand the charges and assist in his defense. Competency to Stand Trial or Fitness to Stand Trial requires that a defendant understands the nature and purpose of the legal proceedings against him and be able to effectively cooperate with counsel in his defense. To understand the proceedings, a defendant must be able to comprehend the charges against him and the penalties if convicted.
Competency to Stand Trial in Preadjudicatory Juveniles and Adults Geoffrey R. McKee, PhD This study compared the competency to stand trial (CST) of 108 juveniles (ages 7 to 16 years) and 145 adults (17 years or older) undergoing pretrial, court-ordered forensic psychiatric evaluations. Adults were superior on both global and specificCited by: 27.