Competency to stand trial: description and initial evaluation of a new
computer-assisted assessment tool (CADCOMP).
G. W. Barnard, J. W. Thompson, Jr., W. C. Freeman, L. Robbins, D. Gies and G. C.
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
19(4): 367-81, 1991.
The authors describe a Computer-Assisted Determination of Competency to Proceed (CADCOMP),
a new instrument that collects data directly from the defendant through an interactive computer
program and renders a report covering relevant historical, psychopathological, and legal information.
The comprehensive report could be utilized by the clinician to focus the clinician's interview with
the defendant on areas requiring further probing, thus reducing the time required to assess
competency. Preliminary reliability and validity assessment studies are reported. The results support
the predictive validity of CADCOMP used as a screening instrument and found the CADCOMP to
be sufficiently reliable to be used for screening purposes.