Floyd L. Jennings

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Floyd L. Jennings, JD, PhD, ABPP, is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, as well as an attorney. Presently Chief, Misdemeanor Mental Health Division of the Harris County Public Defender, he was in private practice of clinical psychology for over 30 years and for some 20 years was on the clinical faculty member of UT Medical School–Houston. He is the author of over 35 publications, largely dealing with legal and ethical matters for mental health practitioners.

Stories from Floyd L. Jennings

Representation of Mentally Impaired Clients: An Ethical Issue
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019


Consider the following scenario, which is all too common: A defendant is arrested and is obviously mentally ill upon arrest, as well as having a long mental health history.

Statutory Changes Regarding Mentally Ill Defendants
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017


In the following, I will review selected changes to Chapter 46B, Tex. Code Crim. Proc., as a result of SB 1326, signed by the governor on 6/12/2017 and effective on 9/1/2017.

Procedural Choke Points in 46B Competency Issues
Saturday, March 12th, 2016

In this brief article, I am going to focus quickly upon some fundamentals as may appertain to the issue of raising the issue of competency in criminal matters, interweaving special problems, or choke points in the process, of which there are a finite number, but at least ten.

Reading Competency Reports: What Should Lawyers Expect of Competency Examiners?
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


Both courts and counsel are the statutory recipients of competency reports conducted by court-appointed examiners.1 Oft times the reports appear to be written in Sanskrit and are unintelli

Prophylactic Competency Restoration: Rare But Occurring in Texas
Saturday, September 7th, 2013

It takes two to speak the truth—
one to speak, and another to hear.

Changes to 46B:  Harmonizing HB 748 and HB 2725 - Part II
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Art. 46B.071. Options on Determination of Incompetency


Changes to 46B:  Harmonizing HB 748 and HB 2725 - Part I
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I. Overview

Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 46B, having to do with competency, was amended by the 82nd Legislature. In the following, those changes effective September 1, 2011 will be reviewed.