Cutting Edge: Best Practices for Handling Mental Competency Issues (update)

In November 2011, the NASJE News “Cutting Edge” section highlighted the launch of the Mental Competency – Best Practices Model website (www.mentalcompetency.org) by the National Judicial College (NJC) through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Since November of 2011, the NJC has conducted three two-hour webcasts addressing a variety of mental competency issues. Recordings of these webcasts are available for free at Mental Competency – Best Practices Model website as well as at http://www.judges.org/webcasts/recorded/index.html.

Recently, the Mental Competency Blog on the Mental Competency – Best Practices Model website (http://www.mentalcompetency.org/blog/) has been going strong, providing a valuable and dynamic resource in mental competency issues. Additionally, the NJC has launched a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/MentalCompetency) and a Twitter account (http://twitter.com/MentalComp) for the Mental Competency – Best Practices Model.

For further information, visit the website at www.mentalcompetency.org, or contact the National Judicial College at (800) 25-JUDGE, or e-mail at