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(p. 3) The Legal Context 

(p. 3) The Legal Context
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(p. 3) The Legal Context
Author(s):

Ivan Kruh

and Thomas Grisso

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195323078.003.0001
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date: 06 July 2020

Chapter 1 explores the legal context of juvenile defendants’ competence to stand trial (CST). It considers the sociolegal purpose and history (rational for CST in criminal court, evolution of juvenile CST in criminal court and in juvenile court), legal procedures and standards, and the application of CST to juvenile cases. The chapter poses questions as to if juvenile and criminal courts should require the same types and degree of competence and capacity, and what is considered as a legally relevant cause of incompetence.

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