House to discuss juvenile competency bills

A Michigan House subcommittee will take another run at a package of bills that some say would help courts deal with youthful offenders. The bills address juvenile competency and culpability.

Supporters of the bills say that they’re long overdue, and would provide a process for minors who are deemed incompetent by the court. But critics have said that it’s unclear how the juvenile offender programs and processes would be funded.

The mental health subcommittee of House Judiciary will discuss the bills at a noon meeting on March 17. On the agenda:

  • HB 5175: Juveniles; criminal procedure; juvenile competency and culpability; clarify.
  • HB 5482: Mental health; forensic; restoration of juvenile to competency to proceed; clarify.
  • HB 5483: Juveniles; criminal procedure; restoration of juvenile to competency to proceed; clarify.
  • HB 5484: Juveniles; criminal procedure; certain statements made during juvenile competency evaluation; clarify.
  • HB 5485: Juveniles; criminal procedure; juvenile competency definitions; clarify.
  • HB 5486: Juveniles; criminal procedure; juvenile competency hearing; require.
  • HB 5487: Juveniles; criminal procedure; juvenile competency and evaluation; clarify.
  • HB 5488: Juveniles; criminal procedure; juvenile competency evaluation; require use of a qualified examiner.
  • HB 5489: Juveniles; criminal procedure; juvenile competency evaluation and report; clarify.

To read Michigan Lawyers Weekly coverage of the bills, click here.

Read the proposed bills here.

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