In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of T.W. v. St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center, Inc., et al.; In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of A.M. v. Community Health Network, Inc.

| May 1, 2019 | Firm News

Ind., 4/30/19, slip op. at https://www.in.gov/judiciary/opinions/pdf/04301901pc.pdf

Per Curiam. The Commissioner lacked authority to enter orders of civil commitment. Generic “Approval Orders” signed by the presiding judge in these cases provided inadequate assurance the judge was presented with, reviewed, and approved the temporary commitment orders. Cases were not remanded and no relief granted because commitment periods have expired in both cases and the appeals are moot. Supreme Court addressed the merits of this issue because it involves an issue of great public importance likely to recur.