Commonwealth v. Crowley

Mental Health Court

Commonwealth v. Crowley

Case Year: 
1984
State of Origin: 
Massachusetts

In a criminal proceeding the prosecution bears the burden of proof on the issue of the defendant's competency to stand trial, once the issue has been raised by the parties or by the judge on his own initiative.

Where a criminal defendant's competency to stand trial is in issue, a judge's determination of competency based upon a preponderance of the evidence affords the defendant due process of law.