The Task Force on Rule 11 of the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure and Related Matters was established by Administrative Order No. 2022-45 as part of the Arizona Supreme Court's strategic agenda. The Arizona Supreme Court's Committee on Mental Health and the Justice System brought together a broad array of justice and mental health stakeholders to identify best practices and cross-agency protocols for those justice-involved individuals who have behavioral health care needs. The Committee's final report to the Arizona Judicial Council in 2020 included 30 recommendations are aimed at supporting and implementing polices and protocols that will improve interactions with those individuals who have behavioral health care needs and become involved in the justice system.
The Task Force Shall:
1. Review the current practice of evaluation of competency and restoration to competency to stand trial in misdemeanor criminal cases to determine if the current Rule 11 Process for handling cases should be changed or replaced.
2. Determine if there are more effective alternatives to evaluating misdemeanor defendants who repeatedly fail to appear other than in-custody evaluation process.
3. Determine if there are alternative practices that should be considered to provide restoration or treatment when an individual is found not competent yet restorable.