A first-of-its-kind case in Northern Ireland has highlighted a "legal lacuna" in respect of the release of offenders detained under mental health legislation, lawyers have said.
Published 18 August 2020
The Court of Appeal has overturned the ruling of then-president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, refusing to adjourn an inquiry into whether a man with a moderate learning disability who wanted to marry should be made a ward of court.
Published 11 August 2020
Protecting the basic human right of liberty "must be a priority" in the roll-out of new capacity law reforms, a conference hosted by the Law Society of Northern Ireland has heard.
Published 10 February 2020
The replacement of the ward of court system has been delayed again due to a lack of funding, according to reports.
Published 27 January 2020
A senior judge has sought clarity from the HSE on whether the legal status of wards of court placed in the UK will change after Brexit.
Published 21 January 2020
The full implementation of key capacity law reforms is "not getting the political attention which it merits" more than four years after the legislation was approved, a senior legal academic has warned.
Published 4 December 2019
Patrice O’Keeffe, partner in healthcare and medical law at Comyn Kelleher Tobin, examines the Supreme Court's decision in AC v HSE.
Published 28 November 2019
More than 1,250 people have been made wards of court since legislators approved an overhaul of capacity law which has yet to come into force.
Published 21 November 2019
The Mental Health Commission has said it will use "all powers necessary" to ensure compliance with the law, following a year-long period of transformation.
Published 22 February 2019