Competency And Competency For Stand Trial

986 Words Oct 30th, 2015 4 Pages
Jessica Scott
PSY 205
A. Correa
Otto, R. K. (2006). Competency to Stand Trial [Electronic Version]. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 2(3), 82-113.
This article was written by Randy K. Otto fir the journal, Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice. The subject of this article is to review the legal framework regarding competency to stand trial, or competency to proceed, as it pertains to our current court system, provide a recommend format for competency evaluations, and review special topics and/or related issues. Competency to stand trial is defined as “the ability to participate adequately in criminal proceedings and to aid in one’s own defense.” (Costanzo & Krauss, 2012). This article addresses the development of modern day competency ideas and standards, provides a sample competency assessment template, and addresses various topics and issues related to the question of competency. This article address the topic I have chosen specifically.
The author provided an in depth analysis of the history and current practices of competency to stand trial. He utilized various articles, assessments and manuals in his review and analysis. His goal was to evaluate current standards and assessments and provide a more effective assessment to be used across the board that addressed all of the various aspects of competency. Otto provided that the concept of competency has been around since the 14th Century. The importance of a defendants ability to participate…
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