26 Apr Competency Litigation Concludes With Consent Decree
Written by Tony Flesor
April 16, 2019
Long-running litigation over the time-frame for competency evaluations for criminal defendants resolved with a consent decree.
After the issue went through multiple rounds of litigation and settlements, the consent decree is expected to resolve the litigation. The result includes changes in the Colorado Department of Human Services’ structure and is expected to lead changes in other states around the country.
The latest litigation involved Iris Eytan of Eytan Nielsen, Caleb Durling of Fox Rothschild and Ellie Lockwood of Snell & Wilmer on behalf of Disability Law Colorado. DLC was also represented by Tim Scalo of Snell & Wilmer and Mark Ivandick and Jennifer Purrington of DLC, all under the umbrella of the Colorado Lawyers’ Committee. The latest litigation started when the attorneys reopened litigation from 2012 after an earlier settlement expired.