The Courts Service welcomes the recent announcement by The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, and Minister of State for Disability, Anne Rabbitte, setting the 26 April 2023 as the commencement date for the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act (ADMC) 2015.
The ADMC Act provides for a new legal framework to support persons who may have difficulties with their capacity to make certain decisions.
The Courts Service have been working over the past 2 years with members of the judiciary, the Decision Support Service, the HSE, the Law Society and with NGOs, to plan for the successful implementation of the Act and this new framework. This work has included coordinating systems and processes, as well as providing extensive information to the relevant users and their families. The Courts Service has invested in a new ICT system as well as in training for staff on how to handle the new applications. In addition, new court rules will be developed in the coming weeks to set out the procedures for applications.
Applications can be brought to the Circuit Court where the Relevant Person:
(a) is residing at the time the application is made
(b) is carrying on business at the time the application is made, or
(c) has resided at any time within the period of three years immediately prior to the making of the application.
For more information, visit our dedicated ADMC page.