Adjudicative Competence: The MacArthur Studies (Perspectives by Norman G. Poythress Jr., Richard J. Bonnie, John Monahan,

By Norman G. Poythress Jr., Richard J. Bonnie, John Monahan, Randy Otto, Steven K. Hoge

Adjudicative competence is still an incredible subject of analysis and perform in psychology and legislations. within the 5 sections of Adjudicative Competence: The MacArthur Studies, the authors current not just a precis of the learn of the MacArthur reports on competence but additionally an exam of the underlying theoretical paintings of Professor Richard Bonnie. it's the first ebook to encapsulate the scope and importance of either the experiences themselves and Bonnie's contributions. there isn't any different resource to be had that addresses this variety of topics.
Given its breadth and scope, this ebook may be a "must have" for forensic psychological healthiness pros, an immense quantity for attorneys, and an important educational reference paintings.

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6% (n = 156) of PC clients. 9% (n = 20) of DC clients and 82% (n = 146) of PC clients. Attorneys rated the large majority of their clients as actively involved in these important trial decisions. 9% of PC clients were rated as actively involved. Response to Doubted Competence In the 22 cases in which client competence was doubted, attorneys were questioned about the performance of DC defendants on various functional dimensions of competence. Attorneys noted client difficulties in the following areas: capacity to understand charges (n = 7), role of defense counsel (n = 7) or nature and purpose of criminal prosecution (n = 7); capacity to recognize and relate relevant factual information (n = 16); capacity to trust counsel (n = 10); capacity to understand decisions that the client was called upon to make (n = 15) or to make rational decisions (n = 15); and capacity to pay attention in court (n = 15) or avoid disruptive behavior in court (n = 14).

001. Again, due to the small sample of DC subjects, it was not possible to control for offense in making this comparison. 001. 01, ns. 18 CHAPTER 1 Functional Abilities in the Criminal Process As in Study I, the small number of cases in the DC group (n = 22) precludes statistical analysis in some of the comparisons of interest. However, trends can be suggested by inspecting the raw data in some instances. Attorneys rated their clients as "very helpful," "somewhat helpful," or "not helpful" in developing the facts of the case.

5 summarizes data provided by the attorneys regarding discussions about this important decision with their clients. In the 20 cases in which the defense was not pursued, the decisionmaking process usually followed one of two expected patterns. In seven of the cases, the case had already been dismissed or the defendant had already decided to plead guilty before the report was received. In eight of the cases, the attorney discussed the report with the client and recommended that the defense not be raised and the client followed the recommended advice.

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