Defendants With Mental Disorders

January 31, 2013

If a defendant in a criminal case appears to be afflicted with a mental illness during a trial, the court may order him to be tested for competency. The request for testing can be made by a judge, a prosecutor or even the defense. If the defendant cannot communicate with his legal counsel or comprehend the charges that are against him, a faction of the court will most likely request a test of mental competency.