Monday, January 21, 2013

Latvia Abolishes Plenary Guardianship

[T]he Latvian parliament adopted a new law which abolishes plenary guardianship. This means that the 2,334 people in Latvia who are currently prohibited from taking any decisions about their lives, will have to be reviewed, and it is MDAC’s hope that many of them will have restrictions lifted so that they can make their own decisions.

Latvia becomes the second country in Europe to take this step following the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006, the first being the  Czeck Republic.

The new law abolishes full deprivation of legal capacity. It introduces a new initiative of partial guardianship which is a joint decision between the adult and guardian (where either one can exercise a veto), temporary guardianship for up to 2 years without restricting legal capacity and advanced directives. The new law introduces compulsory periodic review of partial guardianship and this is scheduled for every 7 years.

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Latvia Abolishes Plenary Guardianship


StandUp said...

Very interesting!

Donna said...

Good for them. It won't happen here in the "Home of the Brave and Land of the Fee" of course~

Thelma said...

Why can't we take a lesson from the Latvians?

Did you know the legal doctrine that describes silence?

It's assent.

Luis said...

We need to abolish plenary guardianship because it is a gross violation of due process and violation of civil rights.