RULE 30 (BIND-OVER) EVALUATIONS

Ohio law indicates that, in certain cases whereby an adolescent is accused of a crime(s), he or she may be tried in either a juvenile court or in an adult court.  Naturally, many far reaching potential implications result from where the adolescent is tried.  In such cases, the court can benefit from a forensic evaluation by a psychologist, addressing the issue of amenability to the juvenile justice system.  The evaluation focuses on how likely the juvenile is to profit from the added-services afforded by the juvenile system—aimed at rehabilitation and restoration—compared to the adult system, which overall is more punitively-oriented.  While it is the trier-of-fact (e.g., the judge or magistrate) who will make this decision, input from a forensic psychologist can help the court make a prudent and informed decision.  These evaluations typically involve a clinical interview, psychological testing, extensive record review, and contact with collateral sources.