In re Rita P.

Illinois Supreme Court
Civil Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2014 IL 115798
Decision Date: 
May 22, 2014
District: 
1st Dist.
Division/County: 
Cook Co.
Justice: 
THEIS
Holding: 
Appellate court reversed; circuit court affirmed.
Section 3-816(a) of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code provides that final orders "shall be accompanied by a statement on the record of the court's findings of fact and conclusions of law." That provision is directory, rather than mandatory. A respondent's appeal rights and liberty interests will not generally be injured through a directory reading of that section. A respondent does not have a right to notice of the trial court's reasoning for order authorizing involuntary treatment. (GARMAN, FREEMAN, THOMAS, KILBRIDE, KARMEIER, and BURKE, concurring.)