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competence

The legal recognition of an individual's ability to perform a task. The concept is not applied globally. Rather, it is directed at a specific category of demands, such as competence to assist counsel in preparing a defense, competence to manage financial affairs, or competence to give informed consent in legal or medical matters.
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Definition reprinted with permision from Committee on Psychiatry and Law, of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry: [amazon 0873186257 inline]

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