Juvenile offenders: competence to stand trial

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2012 Dec;35(4):837-54. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2012.08.005. Epub 2012 Oct 5.


This article details the legal background and assists the reader in the preparation and practical conduct of evaluations regarding juvenile adjudicative competency. The material is presented to be useful as a guide to direct questions of competency and covers aspects of evaluation that include: legal standard for competency to stand trial, developmental immaturity, current practice in juvenile competency to stand trial, forensic evaluation of juvenile competency to stand trial, organizing the evaluation, collateral sources of information, psychiatric evaluation of juvenile adjudicative competency, assessment of mental disorder and intellectual disability, assessment of developmental status, assessment of functional abilities for adjudicative competence, and reaching the forensic opinion.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Criminals / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Criminals / psychology*
  • Forensic Psychiatry / methods
  • Humans
  • Juvenile Delinquency / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Juvenile Delinquency / psychology*
  • Mental Competency / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Mental Competency / psychology*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Psychological Tests