Magazine article Developments in Mental Health Law

Proposed Rules of Court Governing Involuntary Commitment Proceedings

Magazine article Developments in Mental Health Law

Proposed Rules of Court Governing Involuntary Commitment Proceedings

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The Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Mental Health Law Reform established a task force in the fall of 2010 to draft proposed Rules of Court designed to:

"(a) Promote uniformity in the application of the laws governing the involuntary civil commitment process in the General District Courts and Circuit Courts of the Commonwealth;

(b) Assure a full and fair adjudication of involuntary civil commitment proceedings, and to enable mental health professionals to carry out their statutory and professional duties to the fullest extent;

(c) Respect the rights, needs and interests of persons subject to these proceedings, and to ensure that the timing, location and conduct of such proceedings are not detrimental to the best interests of the respondent."

Proposed Draft Rule 9:2.

The draft Rules were presented to the Advisory Committee on Rules of Court for the Judicial Council of the Virginia Supreme Court at its meeting in May. Upon review, the Advisory Committee has decided to seek comment from the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Proposed Draft Part Nine of the Rules of Court Governing Involuntary Commitment Proceedings may be viewed at http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/scv/ 2011_0821_part_9_for_publication.pdf.

Comments on these proposed draft Rules should be sent by August 26, 2011 to:

Advisory Committee on Rules of Court

c/o Steven Dalle Mura

Office of the Executive Secretary

Supreme Court of Virginia

100 North Ninth St.

Richmond, VA 23219

OR via email with the subject line: "comment on proposed Part 9" to: proposedrules@courts. …

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