C. Competency and commitment proceedings

Overview

The Supreme Court has not addressed the issue, and whether competency and commitment proceedings are presumptively open will depend on the jurisdiction and the character of the proceedings. For example, the court in State v. Decato, 938 A.2d 898, 904 (N.H. 2007) “conclude[d] that commitment proceedings for sexual predators have been presumptively open to the public,” though other types of involuntary commitment proceedings have been presumptively closed.

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