In this chapter,

Terms Used In Alaska Statutes 12.47.130 - Definitions

  • person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, organization, business trust, or society, as well as a natural person. See Alaska Statutes 01.10.060
  • state: means the State of Alaska unless applied to the different parts of the United States and in the latter case it includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Alaska Statutes 01.10.060

(1) “affirmative defense” has the meaning given in AS 11.81.900 (b);

(2) “assist in the defendant’s own defense” means to consult with a lawyer while exercising a reasonable degree of rational functioning;

(3) “culpable mental state” has the meaning given in AS 11.81.900 (b);

(4) “incompetent” means a defendant is unable to understand the proceedings against the defendant or to assist in the defendant’s own defense;

(5) “mental disease or defect” means a disorder of thought or mood that substantially impairs judgment, behavior, capacity to recognize reality, or ability to cope with the ordinary demands of life; “mental disease or defect” also includes intellectual and developmental disabilities that result in significantly below average general intellectual functioning that impairs a person’s ability to adapt to or cope with the ordinary demands of life;

(6) “understand the proceedings against the defendant” means that the defendant’s elementary mental process is such that the defendant has a reasonably rational comprehension of the proceedings.