Neither fair nor speedy?: An evaluation of Indiana's competency to stand trial process during Covid-19
Level of Education of Students Involved
Dr. Holly Cross, PhD
Arts and Sciences
The national increase of competency to stand trial (CST) referrals has contributed to delays in legal proceedings, hindrance of due process rights, and class action lawsuits. The state of Indiana previously did not have best practice standards regarding timeliness in completing CST evaluations. The current study used archival data from Odyssey Public Access to investigate Indiana court’s handling of the increasing demand for CST evaluations and the process of referral during the Covid-19 pandemic. The results of this study elucidate that the state of Indiana is not operating according to other states’ best practice standards. However, the current study concluded that the Covid-19 pandemic did not significantly increase the time to complete CST evaluations. This research sheds further light on the future of CST referrals and evaluations during an endemic.
Thompson, Abigail R.; Kom, Allison J.; Garzavaltierra, Rylee K.; Smith, Kayla; Herbert, Alexandra M.; Wolowiec, Kamila; and Easha, Skylar R., "Neither fair nor speedy?: An evaluation of Indiana's competency to stand trial process during Covid-19" (2023). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 1154.