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Assessing Competency to Stand Trial - What it Means for Your Next Case

Learn the different jurisdictional standards for competency to stand trial and the procedures for getting your client evaluated.

Most criminal defense attorneys will eventually encounter a client who seems irrational and unable to understand the basic workings of the justice system. The client is ill-equipped to assist in their defense and may even appear intent on harming their own case. Often attorneys will also represent people who may be stable at the time of the proceeding but were impaired when they committed the crime. This topic will explain the distinct standards for a determination of not guilty by reason of insanity and how the procedures for determining competency and legal insanity often overlap. Finally, this information will enable attorneys to better assist their clients by explaining how to get them the care they need while ensuring their right to a fair trial is protected.

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Agenda

Competency to Stand Trial

  • Definitions of Terms
    • Federal Definition of Competency
    • State Standards Vary Widely: NY, TX, CA, VA, etc.

Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity - the Insanity Defense

  • Four Main Standards
    • Federal Test Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984 (IDRA)
    • M'Naghten Test
    • Irresistible Impulse Test
    • American Law Institute (ALI) Test

Distinction Between Competency to Stand Trial and the Insanity Defense - Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI)

  • Competency to Stand Trial - Solely Concerned With a Defendant's Mental State at the Time of Criminal Proceedings
  • Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity - Solely Concerned With a Defendant's Mental State at the Time of the Crime

Procedures for Assessing Competency to Stand Trial (Federal)

  • Initial Considerations - 18 U.S.C. § 4241
  • Psychiatric or Psychological Evaluation - 18 U.S.C. §4247(b)
  • Report - 18 U.S.C. § 4247(c)
  • Hearing - 18 U.S.C. § 4247(d)

Procedures for Determining NGRI (Federal)

  • The Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984, Signed Into Law on October 12, 1984, Was the First Comprehensive Federal Legislation Governing the Insanity Defense and the Disposition of Individuals Suffering From a Mental Disease or Defect Who Are Involved in the Criminal Justice System
  • 18 U.S.C. § 4242 (a)
  • The Evaluation and Report Are Governed by § 4247(b) and (c)

Practical Considerations

  • Consequences of a Finding of Incompetency
  • The Consequences of Requesting an Insanity Defense
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at ondemandinfo@lorman.com or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on May 29, 2019.

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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.4
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.4 hours credit.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.0 CLE credit(s).
     
  • FL CLE 2.0 including Appellate Practice 2; Criminal Appellate 2; Criminal Trial 2; Juvenile Law 2
     
  • This course has been approved by The Florida Bar for a total of 2.0 hours of CLE credit. The course is approved for the following: Appellate Practice for 2.00 hours, Criminal Appellate for 2.00 hours, Criminal Trial for 2.00 hours, Juvenile Law for 2.00 hours, Appellate Practice for 0.00 hours, Criminal Appellate for 0.00 hours, Criminal Trial for 0.00 hours, Juvenile Law for 0.00 hours.
     
  • GA CLE 1.4
     
  • This program has been approved by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency for 1.4 CLE hours.
     
  • HI CLE 1.25
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.25 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IA CLE 1.5
     
  • Assessing Competency to Stand Trial - What it Means for Your Next Case is accredited under the regulations of the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education. It is planned that this program will provide up to a maximum of 1.5 hour(s) of unmoderated credit towards the mandatory continuing legal education requirements under the Iowa rule. Please note: you can receive a maximum of 6 hours of unmoderated activities per calendar year.
     
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  • MN CLE 1.25
     
  • This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.25 hours of credit.
     
  • MO CLE 1.8
     
  • This course qualifies for self-study CLE credit in Missouri.
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Montana Commission of Continuing Legal Education for a total of 1.5 CLE credits.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 90 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NM CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Areas of Professional Practice 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, Inc. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • OK CLE 2.0 including Ethics 0
     
  • This course has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of Oklahoma for a maximum of 2.0 hours credit, of which 0.00 hours are credits covering legal ethics.
     
  • OR CLE 1.5
     
  • Approved for 1.5 CLE credits in Oregon.
     
  • PA CLE 1.0
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.43
     
  • This program has been approved as a distance learning format by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.43 hours of credit.
     
  • UT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • VA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hours of self-study CLE credit.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.5 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     
  • NALA 1.43
     
  • This seminar meets the requirements of the Certifying Board for Legal Assistants of the National Association of Legal Assistants, for continuing legal assistant education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential for (s) hours.
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

Virginia MCLE requirements do not allow approval for programs that do not include an audio or audiovisual component.

This program was previously offered as a live webinar. Virginia MCLE requirements do not allow approval for attendance at duplicate programs.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • GA CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MO CLE 1.8
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NM CLE 1.5
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • NY CLE 1.5
     
  • OR CLE 1.5
     
  • UT CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MO CLE 1.8
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NM CLE 1.5
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • NY CLE 1.5
     
  • OR CLE 1.5
     
  • UT CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Meredith S. Heller

Meredith S. Heller

Law Office of Meredith S. Heller PLLC

  • Principal, the Law Office of Meredith S. Heller PLLC
  • Practice emphasizes criminal defense and professional responsibility
  • Frequent speaker at CLEs on professional ethics and mental health
  • Member of the New York City Bar Association; former chair, Professional Responsibility Committee; member and former chair, Lawyers Assistance Program Committee; New York State Bar Association (member of Professional Discipline Committee); New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)
  • J.D. degree, Cardozo Law School; B.A. and M.A. degrees, Case Western Reserve University
  • Can be contacted at msheller@mshellerlaw.com
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Product ID: 400510
Published 2019
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