Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode: January 18, 2022
Brought to You in Cooperation with NACM
In November we started our discussion on how mental illness is impacting our nation
and particularly our courts. In this episode, we are taking a deeper dive into the criminal justice realm, specifically the challenge of competency to stand trial. The task of determining if a defendant is competent to stand trial, to assist in one’s own defense can be daunting. The road to restoring a defendant to competency can be arduous and leave some people in an incarcerated limbo for weeks or even months.
This month is the second of our five-episode discussion with members of the National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness. Some of the questions we will explore include:
- What are some of the specific challenges surrounding competency to stand trial?
- What is being done to overcome those challenges on both the national and the community level? and
- What recommendations does the Task Force have for us?
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The Honorable Nan Waller was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court bench in 2001 by Governor Kitzhaber. She served as the Chief Family Law Judge for 5 years and as Presiding Judge for 6 years. She currently is the Mental Health Court Judge and manages the Aid and Assist docket for the court.
Judge Waller was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court bench in 2001 by Governor Kitzhaber. She served as the Chief Family Law Judge for 5 years and as Presiding Judge for 6 years. She currently is the Mental Health Court Judge and manages the Aid and Assist docket for the court.
Judge Waller received her BA from Stanford University and graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law.
Richard Schwermer has been involved in all aspects of court administration for over 30 years. First as a state level trial court administrator, then as a legislative liaison and Assistant State Court Administrator, he retired as the Utah State Court Administrator in 2019.
From 1994 to 2016 he was responsible for representing the judiciary to the legislative and executive branches of government and reviewing and drafting court related legislation.
Rick is committed to translating research into effective evidence-based practices in a variety of contexts, including court case management, behavioral health issues in the courts, pre-trial reform, and problem-solving courts.
He now serves as a consultant and faculty for the National Center for State Courts and for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
He earned a BA from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a Juris Doctorate from the SJ Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah.