Magazine article Developments in Mental Health Law

Reforming Civil Commitment in Virginia

Magazine article Developments in Mental Health Law

Reforming Civil Commitment in Virginia

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I am truly honored to welcome you today to this conference that is sponsored by the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Virginia State Bar.

When I began my tenure as Chief Justice, one of my most important priorities was to reform Virginia's mental health laws and judicial processes that relate to the mental health laws. Many have raised the questions: Why does the Chief Justice care about this issue? Why is this issue important to Virginia's judiciary? Why does the Supreme Court of Virginia care about this issue? I care. The courts care. You care, and we care because we are committed to improving the quality of mental health services provided to those Virginians who are least able to care for and help themselves.

We are also committed to an outstanding judicial process that is fair and impartial and that respects the rights of people who are subject to Virginia's involuntary civil commitment process. I believe that all persons and all institutions that are involved in Virginia's mental health system--mental health practitioners, law enforcement personnel, including sheriffs (who are extremely important in this process), judges, attorneys, magistrates, special justices, patients, patients' families and friends--must always exhibit attitudes of care. …

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