Calls for Changes to Laws Protecting Adults with Incapacity

Legislation relating to adults with dementia, learning disabilities and other causes of incapacity is in need of significant reform, the Law Society of Scotland has claimed. The call for change is contained in the Society’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on a report by the Scottish Law Commission, and follows a comprehensive review of the legislation and human rights standards intended to protect vulnerable people. The Society proposes that the separate jurisdictions, currently fragmented across courts and tribunals, should be combined in a single tribunal structure, with specialist expertise and local accessibility across Scotland. It says that this would result in important cost savings and vital improvements in service speed and quality. “As a matter of urgency, Scotland must improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the operation of the combined jurisdictions resulting from the three separate Acts that are intended to protect adults with incapacity, tho

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