Competency

The bulk of litigation over competency has been concerned about the ability of a person to stand trial or to face execution. In most cases, the right of a person facing the death penalty to be competent during the direct appeal or post-conviction proceedings has been ignored or devalued. Insisting on the right of a person to understand how and why the state is attempting to kill him, not just at trial and not just at the moment of execution, SCHR attorneys pursue the right of individuals to be competent throughout the entirety of his or her case.