What is the test for determining whether a defendant is competent to stand trial?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Caballero, B217709, B221833 (Cal. App. 2012):

"If a defendant presents substantial evidence of his lack of competence and is unable to assist counsel in the conduct of a defense in a rational manner during the legal proceedings, the court must stop the proceedings and order a hearing on the competence issue." (People v. Ramos, supra, 34 Cal.4th at p. 507.) "'There are, of course, no fixed or immutable signs which invariably indicate the need for further inquiry to determine

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