Juveniles and Competency to Stand Trial
What is Competency to Stand Trial? (with pictures)
Competency to stand trial is a long-established legal principle in the U. Fundamental justice requires that criminal defendants should be able to understand the charges against them, appreciate the nature and range of penalties, and communicate with their attorney. If they do not have the capacity in any of these areas, they may be found incompetent to proceed and the judicial proceedings are suspended until they are treated and competency is restored. While competency to stand trial is the most commonly used term, competency in the criminal trial process encompasses all stages of participation in the legal process, including pretrial, trial, sentencing, and appeals. It is also a consideration if a defendant chooses to represent him or herself.
Assessing juveniles’ competence to stand trial
Franklin County Criminal Law Casebook. Reproduced with permission from:. Timothy E. Indiana v.
This is a paper I'd written for my Psychology and the Law class. Please don't steal any parts of this paper. You will get caught. Maybe even by me, when I hopefully TA the class next semester. John Jay College of Criminal Justice.