On this page
- What will happen to current Wards of Court now?
- What about wards under the age of 18?
- What does the review process mean for Wards of Court?
- 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?
Previously, if a person was unable to make decisions about their property, money and other affairs, because of capacity difficulties, their only option was to be made a Ward of Court. This was a legal process set out under the Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act 1871.
An application for a person to be made a Ward of Court was made to the High Court. The courts considered whether the person was of ‘unsound mind’ and ‘incapable of managing their own affairs’.
When a person was made a Ward of Court, they were no longer legally allowed to make decisions about their lives. This included everyday decisions.
A committee was appointed by the High Court to control the ward’s property and money and their overall care. The President of the High Court was required to consent to medical treatment for the ward. A Ward of Court could not leave the country or make a will without the permission of the President of the High Court.
The Office of Wards of Court remains responsible for all ongoing wardship matters during this period of transition.