This bill would streamline the process for a psychiatrist or psychologist to examine a defendant, testify on their capability to understand the criminal proceeding, and assist with preparation of the defense. It would also allow a court to dismiss criminal misdemeanor and level 6 felony charges if the defendant has a certain diagnosis, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. 

We support this effort to ensure that individuals who lack the capacity to stand trial are not being left to languish in jails. 

Authors

Rep. Wendy McNamara

Status

Passed House

Session

2024

Bill number

Position

Support