DeClue, G., (2003). Toward a two-stage model for assessing adjudicative competence. The Journal of Psychiatry & Law, 31, 305-317.


Important points emerge from a review of two new books on assessment of competency, Evaluating Competencies and Adjudicative Competence, leading toward a two-stage model for assessment. In stage one, evaluators should conduct a screening assessment and should routinely use a structured forensic assessment instrument. The second stage is a more comprehensive assessment of those subjects who may have competency deficits.

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