2019 Georgia Code
Title 15 - Courts
Chapter 11 - Juvenile Code
Article 7 - Competency in Delinquency or Child in Need of Services Cases
§ 15-11-660. Review hearings

Universal Citation: GA Code § 15-11-660 (2019)
  • (a) The court shall hold a hearing to review a child's progress toward competency:

    • (1) At least every six months;

    • (2) At any time, on its own motion or on the motion of the prosecuting attorney, a child's attorney, or a child's guardian ad litem, if any;

    • (3) On receipt of a report submitted by DBHDD; or

    • (4) Not less than three months before a child's eighteenth birthday.

  • (b) If at a review hearing the court finds that a child has attained competency, the suspended proceedings shall be resumed and the time limits applicable under Article 5 or 6 of this chapter shall begin to run from the date of the order finding the child mentally competent.

  • (c) If at a review hearing held following the court's receipt of a DBHDD or licensed psychologist or psychiatrist's report the court finds that a child's incompetency has not been remediated but that such child has made substantial progress toward remediation, the court may extend the competency remediation program period for an additional 60 days if the court determines by clear and convincing evidence that further participation is likely to lead to remediation of competency.

  • (d) If at a review hearing the court finds that a child's competency is not remediated and is not likely to be remediated within the time left before such child's eighteenth birthday, the court shall dismiss the petition with prejudice if such child is alleged to be a child in need of services or to have committed a delinquent act which would be a misdemeanor if committed by an adult.

  • (e) At each review hearing, the court shall also consider whether the petition alleging delinquency or that a child is a child in need of services should be withdrawn, maintained, or dismissed, without prejudice, upon grounds other than a child's being incompetent to proceed. If the court dismisses the petition, the prosecuting attorney may seek to refile a petition alleging a delinquent act which would be a felony if committed by an adult if a child is later determined to be mentally competent. The prosecuting attorney may also seek transfer to superior court if a child is later determined to be mentally competent and otherwise meets all the requirements for transfer under Article 6 of this chapter.

History:

Code 1981, § 15-11-660, enacted by Ga. L. 2013, p. 294, § 1-1/HB 242.

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