22nd state recognizes differences in legal competency

By Terry Kukor, Ph.D., ABPP
November 14, 2011

In July of 2011, when Ohio House Bill 86 was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, Ohio took a huge stride forward in defining what it means for a juvenile to be found “Incompetent to Stand Trial.”

Ohio became the 22nd state to define juvenile competency by statute. Prior to the new law, Ohio’s procedural rules covering juveniles in criminal proceedings provided scant guidance for the forensic evaluation of juvenile competency, holding only that a court may order a mental examination where the issue of competency has been raised.

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