2152.57 Extension for filing report; admission into evidence; expenses; objections.

(A) An evaluator appointed by the court under section 2152.53 of the Revised Code shall submit a competency assessment report to the court as soon as possible but not more than forty-five calendar days after the order appointing the evaluator is issued. The court may grant one extension for a reasonable length of time if doing so would aid the evaluator in completing the evaluation.

(B) No competency assessment report obtained independently by the child may be admitted into evidence unless it is submitted to the court within the time allowed for submission of a report by a court-appointed evaluator under division (A) of this section and meets all the criteria that apply to a court-ordered report.

(C) The court shall provide a copy of each competency assessment report it receives to the prosecuting attorney, the child's attorney, and the child's parents, guardian, or custodian. Counsel shall not disseminate the report except as necessary to receive clarification of the contents of the report.

(D) The expenses of obtaining an evaluation ordered by the court may not be recovered from the child or the child's parents or guardians. However, expenses associated with missed appointments may be assessed to the child's parents or guardians.

(E)

(1) Before a hearing is held under section 2152.58 of the Revised Code, any party may object to the contents of a competency assessment report and by motion request an additional evaluation. If the court determines that an additional evaluation is appropriate and grants the motion, the evaluator shall complete an additional evaluation as soon as possible but not more than forty-five calendar days after the order allowing the additional evaluation is issued. An additional evaluation shall meet all the criteria that apply to a court-ordered evaluation.

(2) An additional evaluation allowed under division (E)(1) of this section shall be made at the moving party's expense unless the child is indigent. If the child is indigent, the county shall pay the costs of the additional evaluation. However, the county shall not be required to pay costs exceeding that which the county would normally pay for a competency evaluation conducted by a provider with which the court or county has contracted to conduct competency evaluations.

Cite as R.C. § 2152.57

History. Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 86, §1, eff. 9/30/2011.