Mental Health Matters
Forensic Edition
January 2016
Published by: Lepage Associates
Psychological & Psychiatric Services
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Competency to Stand Trial: Effort v. Malingering

Imagine you are interviewing a 17-year-old young man about his knowledge of court proceedings. The young man is unable to explain the role of the judge and cannot describe the charges against him. He appears to have average intelligence, which makes his responses even more perplexing to you. He suddenly turns his head to look at the wall and informs you that he hears someone else speaking, but you assure him this is not the case. His medical records reveal several psychiatric diagnoses throughout his life. Your opinion: Competent or not competent to stand trial? Is he malingering? Is he even trying?
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