Written for practitioners, The Mental Health Acts 2001–2009:
- Is a convenient reference text to the case law which elaborates on the statutory provisions of the Mental Health Acts 2001–2009.
- Gives guidance to practitioners on the legal consequences of technical breaches of procedure in the involuntary admission of patients and the making of subsequent renewal orders.
- Contains specific sections which focus on the legal status of voluntary patients and the detention of children. The case law also examines the legislative provisions which provide for collaboration between the approved centres and An Garda Síochána.
- Discusses issues which may be raised before the tribunal, cites case law on the entitlement of access to the patient’s medical files and examines the provision of free legal aid.
- Refers to the relationship between the various statutes throughout the book, where relevant, and includes the amalgamated Mental Health Acts 2001–2009 by way of appendix.
Damien Ryan is a practising barrister who specialises in public law.