Capacity Law

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The Law Society of Ireland has warned that government plans for the implementation of landmark new capacity laws could leave a six-month gap in which people who lack capacity will have no access to justice. The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, which will abolish Ireland's existing wards

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An Oireachtas committee has launched a call for submissions on proposed legislation to abolish the wards of court system for adults. The joint committee on children, equality, disability, integration and youth is seeking views on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) (Amendment) Bill 2021, which w

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Ireland's controversial wardship system will be ended by June 2022 under plans set out by ministers today. The government has announced that the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 will be amended before being commenced in full by June 2022.

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There have been no convictions under Northern Ireland's "ground-breaking" mental capacity laws nearly two years after they were brought into effect. The Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016 fuses together mental capacity and mental health law for those aged 16 and over within a single piece of legislation,

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A 200-year-old law preventing wards of court from marrying has been repealed following a legal challenge. The Marriage of Lunatics Act 1811 was repealed on Monday through the commencement of section 7(1) of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

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The Supreme Court has issued a "very significant" ruling in a case focusing on the medical treatment of an 11-year-old boy who suffered life-changing neurological injuries, Ireland's human rights watchdog has said. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission exercised its amicus curiae function i

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A man with an intellectual disability has gone to the High Court to challenge laws preventing him from marrying. The man, known only as V, was prevented from marrying his fiancée last year following an application to the High Court to have him made a ward of court.

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