WARDS OF COURT
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There are two categories of "Wards". The first and larger category comprises adults who have been brought into wardship because of mental incapacity and the second and much smaller category comprises persons under 18 years of age who are taken into wardship as minors for particular reasons. There are a number of reasons why it might be considered necessary to take a person under 18 years of age into wardship as a minor, e.g. where a minor has been awarded substantial damages by a Court and may have special housing or care needs. When a minor who has been brought into wardship comes of age and has full mental capacity, he/she may apply to the President of the High Court for payment out to him/her of any funds in the Court to which he/she is entitled.
The principal purpose of wardship is to protect the property of the person and to manage it for his/her benefit and that of his/her dependents if any).
If a person considers that there are grounds for someone being made a Ward of Court, that person should instruct a solicitor to take the necessary steps in this regard or he/she should write to the Registrar of Wards of Court asking that proceedings be instituted.