Juvenile Competency focuses on a youth’s ability to understand the trial process and consult with counsel in a rational and factual manner. Youth experiencing significant emotional and/or behavioral challenges involved in juvenile court delinquency proceedings are identified and, through this process, evaluated for competency to stand trial of pending charges.
The process of attaining juvenile competency is initiated in a separate order than that of the competency evaluation. Attainment is ordered when the court finds the minor is incompetent to proceed in the court process and is likely to attain competency within one year. During this process, the youth will remain in the least restrictive and most appropriate setting.