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§ 3-8A-17.1. Stay of proceedings

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCourts and Judicial Proceedings

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Courts and Judicial Proceedings
Title 3. Courts of General Jurisdiction--Jurisdiction/Special Causes of Action (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 8a. Juvenile Causes--Children Other than Cinas and Adults (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Courts and Judicial Proceedings, § 3-8A-17.1
§ 3-8A-17.1. Stay of proceedings
Grounds for stay of proceedings
(a)(1) At any time after a petition alleging that a child has committed a delinquent act is filed with the court under this subtitle, the court on its own motion, or on motion of the child's counsel or the State's Attorney, shall stay all proceedings and order that the Maryland Department of Health or any other qualified expert conduct an evaluation of the child's competency to proceed if the court finds that:
(i) There is probable cause to believe that the child has committed the delinquent act; and
(ii) There is reason to believe that the child may be incompetent to proceed with a waiver hearing under § 3-8A-06 of this subtitle, an adjudicatory hearing under § 3-8A-18 of this subtitle, a disposition hearing under § 3-8A-19 of this subtitle, or a violation of probation hearing.
(2) An evaluation ordered under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be performed by a qualified expert.
(3) This subsection may not be construed to prohibit the State or the child from calling other expert witnesses to testify at a competency hearing.
Service of motion
(b) Any motion questioning the child's competency to proceed, and any subsequent legal pleading relating to the child's competency to proceed, shall be served on the child's counsel, the State's Attorney, the Department of Juvenile Services, and the Maryland Department of Health.


Added by Acts 2005, c. 580, § 1, eff. Dec. 31, 2005. Amended by Acts 2006, c. 387, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2006; Acts 2017, c. 62, § 6.
MD Code, Courts and Judicial Proceedings, § 3-8A-17.1, MD CTS & JUD PRO § 3-8A-17.1
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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