May 18, 2015 8:35 PM by News Staff
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's Supreme Court says juveniles accused of crimes are, just like adults, presumed competent to stand trial and have to prove otherwise if they claim incompetence.
The ruling on Monday came in the case of a minor taken into custody by police in Orange County in 2012 after a fight over going to school. He was accused of brandishing a knife at family members.
The boy's attorney said he was not competent to stand trial. In its ruling, the California Supreme Court agreed and reversed lower court decisions that found the boy was competent.
But it also said state the law governing juvenile competency and the legislative history of that law support its argument that minors should be presumed competent just like adults.
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