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Assessing Competency and Responsibility in Criminal Cases

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Judges: Please login to download a copy of the program materials.


Panel:

Hon. Thomas A. Connors, Superior Court (Chair)
Hon. Robert C. Cosgrove, Superior Court
Hon. Diane M. Kottmyer, Superior Court
Debra A. Pinals, M.D., Assistant Commissioner, Forensic Services, Department of Mental Health


This evening program for judges will cover:

  • The Statutory Framework Governing Competency Determinations
  • Practical Considerations in Dealing with Competency Issues, including the Consequences of an Incompetency Finding
  • Pretrial Procedures relating to Evaluations of a Defendant’s Mental Condition at the Time of the Crime Alleged
  • Trial Issues in Cases Involving Evidence of Defendant’s Lack of Criminal Responsibility or Mental Impairment
This program is part of the Superior Court Newer Judges Seminar Series, but judges from the Boston Municipal Court, the District Court, and the Juvenile Court are also welcome to attend.