Ten year research update (2001-2010): evaluations for competence to stand trial (adjudicative competence)

Behav Sci Law. 2013 Mar-Apr;31(2):165-91. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2051. Epub 2013 Jan 24.


This article reviews and evaluates publications during 2001-2010 with relevance for assessments of competence to stand trial, referred to in this article as adjudicative competence. The review focuses specifically on articles that provide new concepts or data supported by research or case analyses. The studies are reviewed under the following headings: (i) systemic issues, (ii) conceptual guidelines for AC evaluations, (iii) AC assessment methods, (iv) empirical correlates of AC judgments and psycholegal abilities, (v) quality of AC evaluations and reports, (vi) interpretive issues, (vii) special populations (defendants who are elderly, defendants with intellectual disabilities), (viii) AC evaluations of juveniles, and (ix) treatment of incompetent defendants. Suggestions are offered for further research to advance the quality of clinical evaluations of adjudicative competence.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Forensic Psychiatry / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • Mental Competency / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Research Design
  • Research*