Mental health witnesses in criminal cases.

Authors: Senator Ron Alting, Senator Timothy Lanane, Senator Vaneta Becker

Sponsors: Representative Ronald Bacon

Co-Sponsors: Representative Charlie Brown

Digest

Provides that when notice of an insanity defense is filed in a case in which the defendant is not charged with a homicide offense, the court shall appoint two or three competent disinterested: (1) psychiatrists; (2) psychologists endorsed by the state psychology board as health service providers in psychology; or (3) physicians; who have expertise in determining insanity, at least one of whom must be a psychiatrist or psychologist. Provides that when notice of an insanity defense is filed in a case in which the defendant is charged with a homicide offense, the court shall appoint two or three competent disinterested: (1) psychiatrists; (2) psychologists endorsed by the state psychology board as health service providers in psychology; or (3) physicians; who have expertise in determining insanity, at least one of whom must be a psychiatrist and at least one of whom must be a psychologist.