How do you become a decision-making representative?

A decision-making representative is appointed by the court in a decision-making representation order.

Any person can make an application to court in relation to a person’s capacity to make certain decisions if they can show that they have a true interest in the welfare of the person. The court decides whether or not you are suitable for the role. If the court decides to appoint you, it lets us know and sends us a copy of the decision-making representation order.

This type of application is made to the Circuit Court. The requirements for making this type of application are written down in court rules. You can find more information about court rules on the Courts Service website.