Monday, March 13, 2017

Alan Corkery: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 - Unanswered Questions

This a summary of the presentation by Alan Corkery to the Legal Capacity Conference 2016 at University College Cork. The summary was written by Joanna Ralston.

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Dr Alan Corkery is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation Psychiatry, North Cork Mental Health Services.  The title of his presentation was ‘A Psychiatrist’s Perspective on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Unanswered Questions’.

Dr Corkery spoke about the 2015 Act from the perspective of a psychiatrist. Dr Corkery stated that there are only a handful of what he referred to as historical Wards of Court in Ireland at present, all of which must be reviewed within 3 years of the legislation coming into operation. Dr Corkery was of the view that there are a lot of wards out there that have never been subject to a formal review and that it remains to be seen how many of those wards are out there that are subject to de facto wardship.
Dr Corkery also raised the issue of costs and how they can be contained. He was of the view that the Act is not clear on legal aid provisions for those who will be subject to court procedures.

Alan Corkery’s Slides:

[Photos by Casey Photography]

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