Certificate in Assisted Decision-Making Capacity


The Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act 2015 is at the core of the certificate course offered by the Law Society Diploma Centre.

The Law Society Diploma Centre is delighted to offer the Certificate in Assisted Decision-Making Capacity. Commencing on on 18 April 2023, this courses covers Assisted Healthcare Directives, definition and assessment of capacity, equal recognition before the law, and much more.

The purpose of this certificate is to ensure that practitioners are fully conversant with the requirements of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, with particular emphasis on supporting decision-making and a detailed analysis of the various codes and guidelines required under the 2015 Act. This certificate is timely as the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, which was enacted in December 2015, is due to commence on 26 April 2023.

Once fully commenced, the 2015 Act will be a significant development in recognising the legal rights of all persons regardless of disability. It will require that adequate supports are made available to assist people whose decision-making capacity are in question or may shortly be in question.

Course content

Over three concise modules, participants will examine:

  1. Legislative Background and Pre-Planning Options
  2. Decision-Making and Planning in Advance; and
  3. Jurisdictional and Other Issues.

This certificate is primarily aimed at solicitors and barristers, but may also appeal to suitably qualified non-legal professionals who wish to expand their knowledge and practical implementation and application of issues relating to decision-making capacity. 

For further information, please contact Suzanne Crilly, Course Leader by emailing s.crilly@lawsociety.ie. You can also contact the Diploma team at diplomateam@lawsociety.ie or by phone on 01 672 4802.