Mental Health Law

Please note: Additional 2017/18 course descriptors and updates are being uploaded incrementally as they become available. 


Capacity, Wardship & Powers of Attorney - An update December 2017 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture gives an overview of the relevant legislation, conventions and case law pertaining to capacity, wardship and powers of attorney.

The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act – 2015 (Click link for more information)

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.

Elderly clients & The Fair Deal Scheme(Click link for more information)

The Fair Deal Scheme was introduced as a result of the closure of the Nursing Home Subvention Scheme which closed to new applications on October 27th 2009. Many questions of law arise in relation to the working of the scheme. This one hour lecture covers some of the practical problems which arise in the context of the scheme and how those can be dealt with.


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