in·com·pe·tent 1 /in-'käm-pə-tənt/ adj
1: not legally qualified: as
a: lacking legal capacity (as because of age or mental deficiency)
b: incapable due to mental or physical condition compare competent
c: lacking authority, power, or qualifications required by law
an incompetent court
2: unable or failing to perform adequately
fired for being incompetent
an incompetent attorney compare ineffective assistance of counsel
incompetent 2 n: a person who is incompetent compare interdict

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective amateurish, awkward, bungling, clumsy, deficient, disqualified, floundering, gauche, gawky, ignorant, improficient, inadequate, incapable, incapacitated, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient, inept, inexperienced, inexpert, inhabilis, inscitus, insufficient, inutilis, lacking qualification, maladroit, raw, stumbling, stupid, unable, unadapted, unapt, unequal, unequipped, unfit, unfitted, ungainly, unhandy, uninitiated, unqualified, unskilled, unskillful, unsuitable, untrained, useless, without adequate ability associated concepts: incompetence of counsel, incompetent evidence, incompetent witness II index deficient, deranged, disabled (made incapable), helpless (powerless), inadept, inadequate, inadmissible, incapable, ineffective, ineffectual, inept (incompetent), insufficient, nugatory, powerless, unable, unavailing, unfit, unqualified (not competent)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Lacking the skills or capability necessary to do something; not legally qualified to perform a particular duty.
A person who lacks the ability or qualification to do something.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1) Unable to manage one's affairs due to mental incapacity or sometimes physical disability. Incompetence can be the basis for the appointment of a guardian or conservator to handle the incapacitated person's affairs.
2) In criminal law, unable to understand the nature of a trial, and therefore not qualified to stand trial or testify.
3) A general reference to evidence that is not admissible at trial.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 Of evidence, that it is not admissible.
2 Of a witness, that he or she is not permitted to testify, on the grounds that his or her testimony is not relevant or is subject to some other disqualification.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

One who lacks ability, legal qualification, or fitness to manage his own affairs.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) referring to a person who is not able to manage his/her affairs due to mental deficiency (low I.Q., deterioration, illness or psychosis) or sometimes physical disability. Being incompetent can be the basis for appointment of a guardian or conservator (after a hearing in which the party who may be found to be incompetent has been interviewed by a court investigator and is present and/or represented by an attorney) to handle his/her person and/or affairs (often called "estate").
   2) in criminal law, the inability to understand the nature of a trial. In these cases the defendant is usually institutionalized until such time as he/she regains sanity and can be tried.
   3) a generalized reference to evidence which cannot be introduced because it violates various rules against being allowed, particularly because it has no bearing on the case. It may be irrelevant (not sufficiently significant) or immaterial (does not matter to the issues).

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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