April Mental Capacity Report now out

The April 2017 Mental Capacity Reports are now out.

Highlight this month include:

(1) In the Health, Welfare and Deprivation of Liberty Report: the Court of Appeal overturns the conventional understanding of deprivation of liberty under the MHA; children, consent and deprivation of liberty, changes to inquest requirements in relation to DoLS/Re X orders;

(2) In the Property and Affairs Report: new guidance on access to and disclosure of the wills of those lacking capacity, the OPG’s good practice guide for professional attorneys and new fixed fees for deputies;

(3) In the Practice and Procedure Report: the Supreme Court pronounces on best interests, available options and case management, a new Senior Judge for the Court of Protection, and updates on case-law relating to funding and HRA damages;

(4) In the Wider Context Report: a new approach to advance care planning and the European Court of Human Rights grapples with Article 12 CRPD;

(5) In the Scotland Report: Scottish powers and English banks, the Scottish OPG cracks down and a review of the second edition of a leading textbook.

We have also published a special report upon the Law Commission’s Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty project, with a detailed summary and responses from a range of perspectives. And remember, you can find all our past issues, our case summaries, and more on our dedicated sub-site here, and our one-pagers of key cases on the SCIE website.


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