On this page
- What will happen to current Wards of Court?
- What about wards under the age of 18?
- What will the commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 mean for Wards of Court?
- What will the review process mean for wards of court?
- Declarations of the Wardship Court about Capacity
- What will this mean for committees?
- What will this mean for funds in court?
If a person is unable to make decisions about their property, money and other affairs, because of capacity difficulties, the only current option is for that person to be made a Ward of Court. This is a legal process set out under the Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act 1871.
An application for a person to be made a Ward of Court is made to the High Court. The courts will think about whether or not the person is of ‘unsound mind’ and ‘incapable of managing their own affairs’.
When a person is made a Ward of Court, it means that they are no longer legally allowed to make decisions about their lives. This can include everyday decisions.
A Committee is appointed by the High Court to control the Ward’s property and money and their overall care. The President of the High Court must consent to medical treatment for the Ward. A Ward of Court cannot leave the country or make a will without the permission of the President of the High Court.
The Office of Wards of Court is responsible for wardship matters.