12 September 2022

Start date for the Decision Support Service Delayed

Written by Ciara Hanratty

The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 (the “Act”) abolishes the Ward of Court system and replaces it with a rights based framework, which will be overseen by the Decision Support Service.

It had been hoped that the legislation would be effective by mid-2022. It did not, however, prove possible for the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) (Amendment) Bill 2022 (amending legislation for the Act) to be enacted before the close of current Dáil and Seanad sessions for the summer recess.

It is hoped that progress of the Bill through the Oireachtas will resume at the beginning of the autumn session and that the supports offered by the Act will be available to all those who require them as soon as possible.

Further information can be found at : decisionsupportservice.ie

About the author

Ciara Hanratty

Senior Associate

Ciara Hanratty is a Senior Associate in the Healthcare team of Carson McDowell’s Dublin office. Ciara works in a general practice in Dublin, predominantly practising in the area of personal injuries law as well as acting on behalf of members of an association before their statutory body.

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