PARADISE-2 protocol for mental capacity assessment uses information
derived from observed behaviors to pinpoint areas of cognitive
impairment. There are several benefits to this approach:
This method clarifies complex situations, thereby helping attorneys
create a compelling image of the person for the jury and/or judge.
The method is easy to use. Much of the necessary data comes
from information that an attorney would obtain during typical case
investigation. The method's power is in how that information
Relative degree of impairment is assessed - meaning PARADISE-2 is
useful in many situations in addition to "competency"
assessments. PARADISE-2 has proven itself useful across a
spectrum of civil and criminal litigation matters.
The method may be used by people who are not mental
health professionals. Although the sophistication of the
analysis will vary, PARADISE-2 has been, and continues to be
effectively used by attorneys, law enforcement, and social service
personnel. In fact, the protocol was designed
to be used by attorneys in litigation settings.
uses common, everyday language. However, if medical or mental
health expertise is needed, the information from PARADISE-2
immediately directs attention to the pertinent cognitive functions
and brain physiology that needs to be examined.
has been extensively peer-reviewed and, like the IDEAL protocol, is