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.
(2) One’s ability to make rational decisions in the context of these proceedings.
(3) One’s ability to assist his/her attorney in his/her defense.

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