Capacity Law

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The High Court has admitted a man suffering from bipolar affective disorder to wardship despite conflicting medical evidence on his capacity. The man was being kept in a residential placement but had acted in a violent and sexually inappropriate manner with staff while having a poor record of taking

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The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 is due to be commenced on the 21st November 2022. The recent High Court decision in Re JD [2022] IEHC 518 highlights the important changes to capacity assessments that will be required under that Act, and how consultants are already choosing to carry

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Gary Lee, the former head of Ballymun Community Law Centre, has joined the Office of the General Solicitor for Minors and Wards of Court. Mr Lee joins the office as a solicitor weeks after he announced his departure as managing solicitor of the law centre.

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The High Court has admitted an 89-year-old woman into wardship after her son failed to properly care for her significant personal needs and took out €87,000 from her bank account without authority. The woman was suffering from an acquired brain injury and dementia, requiring 24-hour care. Deliv

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Legal aid will be provided for issues relating to capacity under the new regime coming into force this summer, the government has said. The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) (Amendment) Bill 2022, which was published last week, will make a number of changes to the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacit

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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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