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16-8.5-110. Testimony of lay witnesses


In any hearing at which the competency of the defendant is an issue, witnesses not specially trained in psychiatry or psychology and not testifying as expert witnesses may testify as to their observation of the defendants actions and conduct and as to conversations that they have had with the defendant bearing upon the defendants mental condition. Any such witnesses, as part of their testimony, shall be permitted to give their opinions or conclusions concerning the competency of the defendant.


Source: L. 2008: Entire article added, p. 1845, 2, effective July 1.