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Introduced Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Determination of competency to stand trial. Provides that a competency examination must be conducted by a psychiatrist or psychologist, requires that the person who conducts the competency examination file a report with the court, and allows the court to order a second competency examination under certain circumstances. (Under current law, a competency examination must be conducted by two or three qualified persons, and one or more physicians who are not psychologists or psychiatrists may conduct or participate in the examination.) Determination of competency to stand trial. Provides that a competency examination must be conducted by a psychiatrist or psychologist, requires that the person who conducts the competency examination file a report with the court, and allows the court to order a second competency examination under certain circumstances. (Under current law, a competency examination must be conducted by two or three qualified persons, and one or more physicians who are not psychologists or psychiatrists may conduct or participate in the examination.)