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Competence in the Law: From Legal Theory to Clinical Application 1st Edition

4 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
ISBN-13: 978-0470144206
ISBN-10: 0470144203
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"The quest to educate the psychologist or mental health practitioner in the law is advanced well in Competence in the Law…" (PsycCRITIQUES, 9/10/08)

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Prepares mental health professionals to thoroughly assess questions of civil and criminal competence

Written by experts in the fields of mental disability law and forensic psychology, Competence in the Law prepares mental health professionals to understand the law, consider questions of civil and criminal competence, and knowledgeably counsel lawyers and judges in cases in which mental competency issues are germane.

The first single-volume resource of its kind, Competence in the Law:

  • Examines the landmark cases that have set precedents in this area

  • Presents in-depth discussion of criminal competencies, such as competency to stand trial, plead guilty, or waive counsel

  • Explores questions of competency in civil law matters, such as custody and estates

  • Considers the relationship between competency and the institutionalization of persons with mental disabilities

  • Identifies commonalities between court decisions in discrete areas of the law

A landmark contribution to forensic practice, Competence in the Law presents the most relevant and accurate information and equips mental health professionals to expertly address critical issues faced in conducting assessments within the legal system.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470144203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470144206
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heavy on Law, lighter on the issue of competence per se. Worthwhile, broad review of specific competences. Required reading for Judges.
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