9th Ju­di­cial Dis­trict fast in com­pe­tency hear­ings

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

CLO­VIS — When it comes to find­ing a de­fen­dant com­pe­tent or not com­pe­tent to stand trial, the 9th Ju­di­cial Dis­trict is one of the state’s fastest.

The New Mex­ico Sen­tenc­ing Com­mis­sion re­leased its find­ings last Fri­day fol­low­ing a study of all 13 ju­di­cial dis­tricts in the state, plus the metro dis­trict in light of court rule changes in 2018 to ex­pe­dite the com­pe­tency hear­ing process.

A to­tal of 1,418 in­di­vid­u­als took 1,528 com­pe­tency eval­u­a­tions in the 2018-19 fis­cal year. For those who had mul­ti­ple eval­u­a­tions dur­ing the time pe­riod, only their first eval­u­a­tion was in­cluded in the data.

Find­ings in­cluded the fol­low­ing: the 9th Ju­di­cial Dis­trict, which in­cludes Curry and Roo­sevelt coun­ties, had a me­dian of 42.5 days be­tween an or­der for com­pe­tency eval­u­a­tion to a com­pe­tency re­port.

Not count­ing the Metro dis­trict (28 days), the 9th Dis­trict is fourth be­hind the 10th (37), 12th (40) and sev­enth (41.5). The high­est me­dian num­ber 81 days in the 8th Dis­trict.

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