Competency to Stand Trial
Competency to Stand Trial are targeted and focused evaluations designed to establish whether a defendant should be allowed to continue to participate in his/her own trial, or whether he/she is incapacitated (by reasons of mental illness or organic deficits) to such an extent that his/her meaningful participation in his/her own trial is not feasible.
What is entailed in a competency to stand trial evaluation?
Competency to stand trial is a fluid concept that is subject to change over time and is typically assessed by considering a number of critical variables which include:
(1) One’s ability to understand the nature of the Court proceedings against him/her.
All Forensic Evaluations