The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act – 2015

This short module introduces the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 which was signed into law on 30th December 2015. The enactment of this Act has been long-awaited and was a long time in the making. The measures in this Act dramatically alter the landscape surrounding the law on capacity in Ireland and it brings about the long-awaited repeal of the Victorian-era Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act 1871 and the Marriage of Lunatics Act 1811.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module participants should have gained

  • A deeper understanding of the main legal provisions contained in the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

  • An understanding as to what these provisions will mean in practice once the 2015 Act is commenced.

 Course Content:

  • Background – what does this Act mean
  • Legal Capacity v Decision-Making Capacity
  • Assessment of Capacity Under the 2015 Act
  • Supported Decision-Making Agreements
  • Safety and Reporting Mechanisms

Teaching methods:  

e-Lecture, PowerPoint;

Duration & pricing:

  • Net-Duration: 1 hour
  • Outreach group-bookings are available for this module

To review scheduled booking options, please refer to: 2018 LEGAL CPD programme

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