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The Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act 2015 at the core of certificate course

Once fully commenced, the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 will be a significant development in recognising the legal rights of all persons regardless of disability. It will require that adequate supports are made available to assist people whose decision-making capacity is in question or may shortly be in question.


The Society’s Mental Health and Capacity Task Force and the Diploma Centre are leading the delivery of the  Certificate in Decision-Making Capacity & Support which is due to commence on 12 May 2018 and which will be available online via webcast for those unable to attend Blackhall on a weekly basis.


The purpose of this certificate is to ensure that practitioners are fully conversant with the requirements of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 (the 2015 Act), with particular emphasis on supporting decision-making and a detailed analysis of the various codes and guidelines required under the 2015 Act. This certificate is timely as progress towards fuller implementation of the 2015 Act is well underway, with for example the appointment Director of Decision Support Services having been completed; the commencement of specific sections 2015 Act being provided for on an incremental basis; and work on the various codes and guidelines at an advanced stage. 


For further information please visit the Diploma Centre section of the Law Society website or contact the Diploma Team at or by phone on 01 672 4802.



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