The Act provides for the appointment of a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist by the court in all criminal cases where a plea of insanity is raised. The person(s) appointed will examine the defendant and testify at trial. A plea of guilty but mentally ill at the time of the crime is not accepted until the defendant has been examined and a hearing on the issue is held. The Act also provides that a civil term of court will not be included in computing the term at which a misdemeanor case must be brought to trial after a demand for trial is made.
Georgia State University Law Review
"CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Guilty But Mentally Ill,"
Georgia State University Law Review:
2, Article 19.
Available at: http://readingroom.law.gsu.edu/gsulr/vol1/iss2/19