Dusky standard

In this case before the U. S. Supreme Court a standard for determining competence to stand trial was enunciated thus:

"has sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding, and whether he has a rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against him. It was not sufficient to find that the defendant was oriented to time, place and to some events."

Dusky v. U.S.
362 U.S. 402, 80 S.Ct. 788 (1960)

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