Table 1

Legal Elements for Involuntary Medication to Restore Trial Competency (from Sell v. U.S.6)

1Important government interests are at stake
2Medication is substantially likely to render the defendant competent to stand trial and substantially unlikely to have side effects interfering with the fairness of the trial
3Medication is necessary to further government interests and less intrusive treatments are unlikely to achieve the same results
4Medications are “medically appropriate”