Competencies in the Criminal Process

  • James R. P. Ogloff
  • Donald H. Wallace
  • Randy K. Otto


Because the Anglo-American criminal justice system is based on an adversarial approach, it is crucial that those involved in the legal process be able to participate competently. Therefore, procedures in the legal system have evolved to ensure that those individuals involved in it are competent. Competency decisions concern an individual’s capacities to understand and participate in legal proceedings. Courts have traditionally relied on mental health professionals to help determine whether an individual is competent to participate in legal proceedings. Nonetheless, discontent with the practices of mental health professionals in assessing competencies has been widely expressed.


Criminal Justice System Criminal Process Legal Standard Plea Bargain Competency Evaluation 


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  • James R. P. Ogloff
  • Donald H. Wallace
  • Randy K. Otto

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