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Jurisdiction lacking in forced medication case (access required)

In considering the defendant’s appeal of a circuit court order continuing forced medication to render him competent to stand trial, the court concluded that the determination of competency is “part of [a] purely criminal process,” and the appeal is criminal in nature. Therefore, the court said it does not have jurisdiction over this appeal. Background On May ...