Mar. 30, 2023 – K.R. v. Superior Court (2nd Dist., Div. 1, B321655)

The Court of Appeal holds that, although WIC 709 establishes a maximum of one year of remediation for juveniles found incompetent, the juvenile court retains jurisdiction for a reasonable period to resolve disputes relating to the minor’s competency, and minors accused of serious offenses may be held in secure confinement past the one-year period. The Court of Appeal thus finds that the juvenile court retained jurisdiction even though 15 months elapsed between the incompetency finding and the restoration of competency, and that the court did not err by allowing the prosecution’s expert to examine minor.