mental competency


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mental competency

n. (See: competent)

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He gave the medical testimony, in pointed imitation of our local practitioner; and he piped and shook, as the aged turnpike-keeper who had heard blows, to an extent so very paralytic as to suggest a doubt regarding the mental competency of that witness.
MANAGING A DEBILITATING ILLNESS: A basic legal premise is that you are the only one able to make your own health care decisions, regardless of the state of your mental competency.
However, they never took the time to put a proper estate plan into place, never filled out their designations correctly on their beneficiary plans, and now their mental competency is coming into question.
Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations such as the ones given to Donald Sterling to determine his mental competency and ability to act as owner.
He must also undergo a mental competency assessment to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial for attempted burglary, vandalism and stalking.
Court Orders New Mental Competency Hearing in Death Penalty Case: "The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday sent the case of death row inmate Marcus Druery back for new hearing in a Brazos County trial court to determine whether he is mentally competent to face execution for the Aug.
com that after the 27-year-old star's lawyer clarified her current status, the judge transferred the matter to the mental health court, where another judge will conduct a hearing to determine Amanda's mental competency.
Mental capacity or mental competency to stand trial refers to an accused's ability to "consult with counsel and to comprehend the proceeding.
Writing in plain language and a narrative style, they ponder questions such as humane methods of execution and mental competency in perpetrators, emphasizing the humanity of the Supreme Court justices and their potential to make flawed decisions.
Part III lays out the core arguments and recommendations of this Note: first, that immigration authorities must be trained regarding mental health and mental competency issues; second, that mentally disabled individuals must be identified early and must not be allowed to agree to their own removal; third, that mental health checks be required for all individuals placed in removal proceedings; and fourth, that either regulations should be promulgated creating a pro bono attorney appointment system or that greater safeguards be provided by DHS and the Executive Office for Immigration Review to create a fairer system for those found to be mentally incompetent and thus unable represent themselves in their removal proceedings.
17) For the first time, Matter of M-A-M-established a requirement for immigration judges to assess mental competency and provided suggestions for safeguarding the procedural rights of mentally ill individuals in removal proceedings.
Years of legal appeals focused on his mental competency.