This is a course that educates alleged juvenile offenders on factual as well as rational understanding of the proceedings against them. The goal is that the juvenile will be able to adequately assist his/her attorney in their defense.
Competency restoration classes will not determine the outcome of a case. However, it will help the individual understand the allegations and process of the legal system.
Any child involved in the juvenile court system can be court ordered by the judge to receive competency restoration classes.
The length of the course varies based on the individual’s need. On average a course can be completed within eight weeks. For a child who takes the course for a second time it could be completed very quickly. If a child has reading difficulties or a learning disability it may take a little longer.
At the completion of the course, the competency restoration provider informs all parties involved of the outcome of the classes. The child’s attorney will then proceed based on the individual case.