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  • Online publication date: June 2019

Chapter 1 - Introduction


The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) received Royal Assent in April 2005, coming into force during 2007 (MCA, 2005). The MCA incorporates into statute, principles and practices that had been established, through case law, over the years. It sets out how mental capacity is defined in law and how ‘best interests’ should be ascertained when a person lacks the requisite capacity to make the decision in question.

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