Title 17, Chapter 10, Section 66
(a) By filing an application under this article, the applicant
specifically consents to submit to a state examination for the
purposes of assessing mental competency to be executed.
(b) Simultaneously with the filing of the application, the
applicant, if he or she wishes the court to consider any request for
appointment of an expert, shall file such a request and shall state
specific facts in support of that request so that the court may
determine if the applicant's mental competency to be executed is in
fact a significant issue. The applicant shall further submit with
the motion a specific statement as to the particular expert
requested, the nature of the examination to be conducted, the time
period within which an examination can be conducted, and an estimate
of the expenses to be incurred.
(c) If the applicant has filed a request for an examination as
provided in subsection (b) of this Code section and the applicant
makes a sufficient showing that his or her mental competency to be
executed is a significant issue, the court shall appoint an expert
to make an examination of the applicant, with such examination to be
conducted as soon as possible. Payment for such expert shall be
made by the Department of Corrections unless otherwise designated by
the General Assembly.