Competency and sanity evaluations; location of evaluation. (HB52)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Competency and sanity evaluations; location of evaluation. Requires that evaluations to determine whether a person is competent to stand trial or to determine a person's sanity at the time of the commission of a criminal offense be conducted on an outpatient basis at a mental health facility or in jail unless an outpatient evaluation has been conducted and the outpatient evaluator opines that a hospital-based evaluation is needed to reliably reach an opinion or unless the defendant is in the custody of the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Currently, such evaluations are to be conducted on an outpatient basis, but a court may order that a person be hospitalized instead if the court finds the services necessary to conduct an outpatient evaluation are not available or if the results of the outpatient evaluation indicate that it is necessary to hospitalize the person for further evaluation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/01/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100445D
12/01/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (8-Y 0-N)
02/05/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Read second time
02/08/2018Committee amendments agreed to
02/08/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB52E
02/08/2018Printed as engrossed 18100445D-E
02/09/2018Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/09/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB52E)
02/19/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2018Read third time
02/21/2018Reading of amendments waived
02/21/2018Committee amendments agreed to
02/21/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/21/2018Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Placed on Calendar
02/23/2018Placed on Calendar
02/23/2018Senate amendments agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/23/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB52ER)
02/27/2018Signed by Speaker
02/28/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB52ER)
03/02/2018Signed by President
03/05/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 5, 2018
03/05/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/19/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 367 (effective 7/1/18)
03/19/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0367)