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A Citizens’ Jury on Legal Capacity Law

31st October 2012, 15:16:10 UTC

This citizens’ jury was convened by Amnesty International Ireland (AI) to inform the Government’s proposals to reform the 2001 Mental Health Act and to introduce capacity legislation to replace the Lunacy Act of 1871 which is still law in Ireland. The intention of the proposed reforms is to ensure the legislation is compliant with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Irish Government has signalled its intention to fully ratify the CRPD, but says it cannot do so until Ireland has the new capacity law enacted.

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