Juvenile & Child Welfare Newsletter

November 2011
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Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Updates

Juvenile Competency

At our September meeting, Dr. Kimberly Larson, Ph.D., J.D., an assistant professor in the Psychiatry Department of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, presented on issues relating to the competency to stand trial of juveniles. Larson and her colleagues at UMass Medical School have been assisting various states who have been looking at their juvenile competency statutes and drafting new legislation. As a section council, we expressed interest to Larson in beginning such an effort for Massachusetts, and she offered to provide us with further materials.

Science Manual for Judges

A new guidebook for judges and legal professionals, the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, is now available, replacing the previous edition published in 2000.

The 1,038-page manual explains scientific concepts, shows how evidence can be manipulated, and cites judicial decisions. It's free for downloading and online reading, and there is a $79.95 paperback version.

The manual is available here.

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