Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–1303.01. Competence of individual to refuse commitment.

(a) Repealed.

(b) The Court may commit a person pursuant to § 7-1304.06a irrespective of the person's competence to refuse such commitment.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-137, § 301, 25 DCR 5094; Oct. 17, 2002, D.C. Law 14-199, § 2(b), 49 DCR 7647; Apr. 24, 2007, D.C. Law 16-305, § 26(c), 53 DCR 6198; Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-169, § 17(e), 59 DCR 5567; May 5, 2018, D.C. Law 22-93, § 201(c)(2), 65 DCR 2823.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-1921.

1973 Ed., § 6-1654.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 14-199 redesignated the section as subsec. (a); in subsec. (a), substituted “Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, no individual” for “No individual”; and added subsec. (b).

D.C. Law 16-305, in subsec. (a), substituted “has or is believed to have mental retardation” for “is or is believed to be mentally retarded”.

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-169 substituted “an intellectual disability” for “mental retardation” in (a).

Applicability

Section 401 of D.C. Law 22-93 provided that the amendments made to this section by Law 22-93 shall apply 90 days after May 5, 2018.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(b) of Civil Commitment of Citizens with Mental Retardation Emergency Amendment Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-383, June 12, 2002, 49 DCR 5701).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(b) of Civil Commitment of Citizens with Mental Retardation Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-454, July 23, 2002, 49 DCR 8096).

Editor's Notes

Section 35 of D.C. Law 19-169 provided that no provision of the act shall impair any right or obligation existing under law.