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incompetent

Legally not able to make decisions, enter into contracts, or execute wills.This may be a result of a permanent mental impairment, as when one is declared non compos mentis or incompetent, or it may be for temporary reasons, such as a minor child's inability to make binding contracts.

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Unless the government demonstrated that the medication was necessary to prevent the defendant from harming himself or others, which it had not, the court concluded Sell also governed defendants found incompetent to be sentenced and as a result the government must further prove that (1) the medication is substantially likely to render the defendant competent, (2) the medication is substantially unlikely to have side effects that significantly interfere with the defendant's ability to assist counsel, and (3) involuntary medication is necessary to further the government's interest in prosecuting the defendant.
The unexpected and interesting thing about Criminally Incompetents is that defeating or removing them isn't necessarily the best approach.
"How the man could not see that I'll never know and I can't believe how incompetent he was," blasted Gregory.
According to the report, 80% of teachers who missed work were absent due to mental illness, while 20% were absent due to distress related to their incompetent classroom leadership.
Life-terminating actions for incompetent patients are defined very broadly: an act intentionally undertaken by a physician to terminate the life of a patient who is in a "dead-end" situation and whose wishes cannot be known.
There he said in effect that people are not morally incompetent. They can find right and wrong on their own, independent of any church, scripture, clergy, king anointed by God, or noble.
Website postings almost guarantee that computer incompetents won't apply because they don't know how to use the Web.
Here, the court considered whether a trial court acted properly in finding a party incompetent because he did not understand the nature and extent of a transaction in which he had signed a satisfaction of mortgage.
The stigma of "incompetent" and the adjudication of persons with disabilities as "incapacitated", may also interfere with the individual's rehabilitation plan in that the person's legal status may significantly complicate how and what services they receive.
The resulting sample consisted of the most competent and the most incompetent residents.
230 male and 230female adolescents were tested on two instruments Motive to Avoid Success (Hornet, Tresemer, Berens, & Watsan, 1973), and a Fear of Appearing Incompetent (Good & Good, 1973a).
A person can become temporarily or permanently legally incompetent to make decisions.