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NCJ Number: 178644 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Competency to Stand Trial: Questions in an Era of Punitive Reform
Journal: Criminal Justice  Volume:12  Issue:3  Dated:Fall 1997  Pages:5-11
Author(s): T. Grisso
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL 60603
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines whether juvenile offenders can be expected to effectively assist in their own defense.
Abstract: A criminal defendant must be capable of meaningful participation in his or her defense, must be competent to stand trial, having “sufficient present ability to consult with his attorney with a reasonable degree of rational understanding and a rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against him.” The issue of juvenile competency to stand trial began to emerge in the early 1990s amid a dramatic increase in violent offenses by juveniles. The article examines: factors involved in determining juveniles’ competency in criminal court; their understanding of the trial process and their ability to assist counsel; the law’s response to questionable competency; and lawyer response to youths’ incapacities.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Attorney client relations; Children in the courtroom; Competency to stand trial; Juvenile case management; Juvenile Corrections/Detention trends; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile processing; Participatory juvenile justice
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