Supported Decision-Making Law Approved by the Knesset

Date: 
Monday, April 4, 2016

Supported Decision-Making Law Approved by the Knesset*

– APRIL 4, 2016

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On 29.3.16 the Knesset voted in favour of the Amendment to the Legal Capacity and Guardianship Law.

This amendment constitutes a substantial reform to the law and includes a number of dramatic changes:

  • Recognition of supported decision-making
  • Recognition of lasting power of attorney
  • Cancellation of the term ‘ward’
  • Reduction of cases in which a guardian can be appointed to situastions in which this is necessary in order to prevent harm to a person when no less restrictive option is available
  • Cancellation of the option of appointing a general guardian without detailing the issues under his or her authority
  • Defining the individual’s wishes as a guiding element in the guardian’s considerations
  • Defining the rights of persons under guardianship such as the right to receive information from his or her guardian and the right to independence and privacy
  • Defining the right to legal aid representation in cases of involuntary hospitalization
  • Limiting the ability of a guardian to force a decision relating to fundamental issues

The new law constitutes a rare opportunity for recognizing the right of every person to legal capacity and to make the decisions that affect their lives.

Read the amendment to the law here.

Read a short explanation of the main points of the amendment here.

Read an Op Ed by Dana Dimant here.

Read an article published in Israel Hayom here.

Ask for assistance in a specific case or for information about Bizchut’s training course for decision-making supporters here (Hebrew).

* The Knesset is the name for Israel's parliament, or legislature, located in the capital Jerusalem. The major function of the Knesset is to legislate laws and revise them as necessary.