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In a three-judge unanimous, unprecedented decision made Friday, March 9 affecting the rights of the mentally ill across the state, the California Court of Appeal held that Marin County had denied institutionalized, mentally ill people both constitutional and statutory rights. Golden Gate University School of Law Professor Mort Cohen represented two individualsand the California Association of Mental Health Patients Rights Advocates in K.G. Et al v. Meredith as Marin County Public Guardian. The California Court of Appeal, First District stated that patients could not be treated with mind-altering drugs without their informed consent. It further stated that the County of Marin denied such people due process by failing to give them adequate notice, counsel, and a hearing before finding them disabled and rendering them incapable of exercising rights of decisional autonomy, (their right to make their own medical decisions).

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