Developments in Mental Health Law

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 6, July

California Supreme Court Finds No Denial of Due Process in Requiring Convicted Defendant to Prove Incompetence to Stand Trial
The California Supreme Court has determined that a defendant is not denied due process of law when he is required to carry the burden of proving that he was incompetent to stand trial at a retrospective hearing to determine his competency. People v....
Commission Endorses Legislative Proposals for 2012 General Assembly Session
The Commonwealth of Virginia's Mental Health Law Reform Commission held its final meeting on June 24, 2011. In addition to reviewing the current statistical report on mental health proceedings, the proposed Rules of Court for Civil Commitment Proceedings...
Inspector General Equates OAG Advice Involving Use of Restraints to Abuse and Neglect
In his Semiannual Report to the Governor and the General Assembly (October 1, 2010-March 31, 2011) issued May 11, 2011, the Inspector General for Behavioral Health and Developmental Services ("IG") described the results of a complaint investigation...
Proposed Rules of Court Governing Involuntary Commitment Proceedings
The Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Mental Health Law Reform established a task force in the fall of 2010 to draft proposed Rules of Court designed to: "(a) Promote uniformity in the application of the laws governing the involuntary civil...