Luna v. Van Zandt (Date of Decision: 24 November 1982)
Federal Supplement 1982; 554: 68-77
In a class action suit, the U.S. District Court declared that Texas procedures for involuntary commitment were unconstitutional. The court held that provisions of Texas law, which allowed a person to be confined under protective custody for 14 days without an opportunity for a hearing with counsel present, violated constitutional due process requirements. The court also determined that persons may not be detained in protective custody in excess of 72 hours unless provided with notice and a hearing, with counsel, on why protective custody is required. (KIE abstract)
United States. District Court, S.D. Texas, Brownsville Division
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