Procedures and Expectations for a Ben C. Brief
In Conservatorship of Ben C. (2007) 40 Cal.4th 529, the California Supreme Court instructed that if appointed counsel in a conservatorship appeal found no arguable issues, counsel should file a brief informing the court he or she found no arguable issues to raise on appeal.
Review these procedures and then contact your CCAP buddy to discuss the case.
LPS Act at a Glance
The involuntary commitment of those needing psychiatric treatment is governed by the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS Act), found at Welfare and Institutions Code sections 5000 et seq. This article provides an overview of the LPS Act, jury instructions, and issue spotting.
LPS Conservatorship at a Glance
This article is an overview of LPS conservatorship provided for by the Welfare and
Institutions Code for “a person who is gravely disabled as a result of a mental health disorder or
impairment by chronic alcoholism” (Welf. & Inst. Code, §5350). The article also covers jury instructions and issue spotting.
NGI Cases at a Glance
The not guilty by reason of insanity (NGI) case is the result of a plea, raising the defense of insanity to the charged crime(s). This article provides an overview of the NGI statutes (Pen. Code, secs. 25, 26, 29.8, and 1026-1026.5), jury instructions, and issue spotting.
MDO Cases at a Glance
The Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDO) Act was enacted in 1985. It requires that an offender who has been convicted of a specified felony related to a severe mental disorder and who continues to pose a danger to society receive appropriate treatment until the disorder can be kept in remission. This article provides an overview of the MDO statutes (Pen. Code, secs. 2960 et seq.), jury instructions, and issue spotting.