Defining and assessing competency to stand trial.

@inproceedings{Rsch1999DefiningAA,
  title={Defining and assessing competency to stand trial.},
  author={Ronald R{\"o}sch and Patricia A. Zapf and Stephen L. Golding and Jennifer Lynne Skeem},
  year={1999}
}
Competency to stand trial is a concept of jurisprudence allowing the postponement of criminal proceedings for those defendants who are considered unable to participate in their defense on account of mental or physical disorder or retardation. Because trial competency issues are raised substantially more often than the insanity defense, psychologists involved in forensic assessment and consultation are likely to have frequent experience with it. It is estimated that between 25,000 and 39,000… CONTINUE READING

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