Fitness to stand trial

Fitness to stand trial is a general principle that an accused person can only be put on trial if the accused has sufficient mental and physical capacity to exercise his/her rights during trial. This may include among other things, the capacity to understand the nature of the charges, to understand the course and consequence of the proceedings, to understand the details of the evidence, to instruct his or her lawyers and to testify.<div><br>&nbsp; <h4>ECCC Internal Rules</h4><h4>Rule 32 &nbsp;Medical Examination of the Charged Person or Accused</h4><div>The Co-Investigating Judges or the Chambers may, for the purpose of determining whether a Charged Person or Accused is physically and mentally fit to stand trial, or for any other reasons, or&nbsp;at the request of a party, order that they undergo a medical, psychiatric or psychological examination by an expert. The reasons for such order, and the report of the expert, shall be recorded in the case file.</div></div>