Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status

In re Grady

426 A.2d 467 (1981)

Case BriefRelatedOptions
From our private database of 33,800+ case briefs...

In re Grady

New Jersey Supreme Court

426 A.2d 467 (1981)

Facts

Lee Ann Grady was born with Down’s syndrome, which greatly impaired her cognitive functions. For the first 19 years of her life, Grady attended a special class within the public school. Aware that Grady would no longer be eligible to attend the special class when she turned 20, Grady’s parents decided to place her in a work group shelter and home for individuals with intellectual disabilities. After discussing the decision with Grady’s doctor, Grady’s parents sought to have her sterilized as a precaution before changing her living environment. However, the hospital refused to sterilize Grady without judicial authorization. In response, Grady’s parents petitioned a court to authorize the procedure. The trial court judge appointed Grady a guardian ad litem and met with Grady to better understand her condition. The judge heard testimony from Grady’s father and several experts, received evidence documenting Grady’s condition, and considered the interests of Grady and the state. All parties involved agreed that sterilization was the best course of action. The judge then authorized the sterilization procedure on the ground that because Grady was unable to make a meaningful decision about sterilization, her parents had the authority to exercise substituted consent. The matter was appealed to the New Jersey Supreme Court to consider the appropriate standard for authorizing an incompetent person’s sterilization.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Pashman, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 604,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 604,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 33,800 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 604,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 33,800 briefs - keyed to 984 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership