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600 E. Fourth St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

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Forensic Evaluations​

The Forensic Evaluations Unit officially became part of Criminal Justice Services in January 2014.  Originally part of Area Mental Health/MeckLINK, the mission of the Forensic Evaluations Unit is to provide the Mecklenburg County Courts with scientifically, ethically, and legally sound evaluations, consultation, and other services related to psychology in order to assist the Courts in their task of properly administering justice. The Unit is involved with cases in Juvenile Court, District and Superior Criminal Courts and Clerk of Court-Special Proceeding Division, and conducts a variety of evaluations that include the following:

  • Parental Competency Evaluation (Rule 17)
  • Parenting Capacity Evaluation
  • Juvenile Capacity to Proceed
  • Juvenile Transfer to Superior Court Evaluation
  • Mental Status at the Time of Offense
  • Competency to Waive Miranda Rights
  • Risk Assessment for Future Violence
  • Capacity to Proceed Screening Evaluation
  • Multidisciplinary Evaluation


Additionally, the Forensic Evaluations Unit works in collaboration with other programs within Criminal Justice Services and Mecklenburg County to provide specific consultative services such as Jail Diversionary Screenings and Mental Health Assessments of individuals detained in Mecklenburg County Jail Central and Jail North, comprehensive clinical assessments for cases referred by Pretrial Services and NOVA (New Options for Violent Actions), and case consultation with Provided Services Organization programs.

Currently located in the County and Courts Office Building (CCOB), assessment services are provided by three full-time staff psychologists (2-Doctoral Level and 1-Masters Level), as well as by a network of contract evaluators with specialized areas of training and certification.  The Forensic Evaluations Unit has also developed working relationships with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Charlotte School of Law to provide practicum opportunities for graduate and professional level students. Recently, the Forensic Evaluations Unit also established a full-time Post-Doctoral Forensic Psychology Fellowship program. For additional information regarding the fellowship program, please contact Dr. Sean Knuth at Sean.Knuth@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

FEU Post-Doctoral Fellowship Posting


Forensic Evaluations Unit Internships

The purpose of the Forensic Evaluations Unit (FEU) is to provide the Mecklenburg County courts with scientifically, ethically, and legally sound evaluations, consultation, and other services related to psychology in order to assist them in their task to administer justice. The FEU is looking for interns who would like to:

  • Assist staff with compiling and analyzing data related to ordered evaluations for both internal use and external publication
  • Assist staff with the generation of manuscripts for both internal use and external publication
  • Assist the Juvenile Court Liaison with recording and tracking of ordered forensic evaluations.


Candidates will need to have strong writing, research, and organizational skills. Candidates will need to have an understanding and appreciation for evaluee privacy and confidentiality. The ideal candidate will have a background in psychology, criminal justice, social work, or mental health.

Interested candidates can contact Dr. Sean Knuth at Sean.Knuth@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov for more information about internship opportunities with FEU.

Address

Office Location:

Criminal Justice Services
600 E. Fourth St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Criminal Justice Services