competence order

Definition of "competence order"
  1. A directive from a higher court confirming a defendant's mental capacity to stand trial, thereby allowing the criminal case to proceed
How to use "competence order" in a sentence
  1. The judge issued a competence order, validating the defendant's mental fitness for trial.
  2. His defense attorney questioned the validity of the competence order.
  3. After the issuance of the competence order, the court resumed the criminal proceedings.

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