Support for the exercise of legal capacity: The role of the Law

Bernadette McSherry, Andrew Butler

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In 2014, the Australian Law Reform Commission released a report dealing with recognition before the law and legal capacity of people with disability. The report recommended that "supported decision-making" should be introduced into relevant Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks. This column explores what is meant by "support" to exercise legal capacity and what role the law may play in attempting to move beyond the traditional substituted decision-making model for those with mental and intellectual impairments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-744
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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