National Mental Capacity Action Event

I’ve been asked to share word of a forthcoming event organised by the Department of Health, Ministry of Justice and Baroness Finlay of the newly established National Mental Capacity Forum.  The purpose of the event is to: Profile current best practice from around England and Wales Identify MCA improvement priorities for the coming year Gather…

Guest post from Piers Gooding: Unfitness to plead

Whilst I’m busy learning to complete tasks one handed and with no sleep, Piers Gooding from the University of Melbourne has kindly volunteered this guest post on the his recent work on unfitness to plead. Despite the aforementioned sleep deprivation I found his blog post and the summary of the Law Commission’s final report really interesting – I hope you do as…

Baby Meg

Apologies that this is a little late, but baby Meg was born last week. Thanks very much to everyone who sent emails and cards, we’ll reply as soon as we can. The first week had its ups and downs but we’re both home now and recovering well. I’ll probably be a little hard to reach…

Baby Meg

Apologies that this is a little late, but baby Meg was born last week. Thanks very much to everyone who sent emails and cards, we’ll reply as soon as we can. The first week had its ups and downs but we’re both home now and recovering well. I’ll probably be a little hard to reach…

The stories we tell

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about the stories told in Court of Protection judgments.  As Mark Neary recently wrote, judgments of the Court of Protection ‘are fabulous page turners’ (well, some are, quite possibly not the more procedural ones).  Ian McEwan described in The Guardian how a chance conversation with Sir Alan Ward led him to read a…

Court of Protection Transparency pilot

Some very big news this week: the Court of Protection has just announced its first pilot project:  on transparency. As readers will know, the Court of Protection (along with the Family Court) is often described in the media as a ‘secret court’.  This is because most of its hearings are heard in private – meaning that…

How long do your DoLS assessments take?

Cornwall Council’s DoLS team is undertaking a survey to find out how long assessments by Best Interests Assessors take. The lead contact for the survey is Paul Wilkins (pwilkins@cornwall.gov.uk) and the survey link is here.   The Supreme Court’s decision in Cheshire West (see Cheshire West and Chester Council v P (2014) UKSC 19, (2014) MHLO 16)…

The Law Commission has opened its consultation on DoLS

B brr br brrrrrrrrrr! (That was a trumpet heralding the arrival of the Law Commission’s consultation on DoLS). The consultation into the Mental Capacity Act 2005 deprivation of liberty safeguards has now been published.  The deadline for responses to the consultation is 2 November, and a final report and bill is due to be published in 2016.…

Head on over to RightsInfo

This is a super quick post as I grab ten minutes of internet in a cafe!  But you should all head over to Adam Wagner’s AMAZING new infographic on human rights.  It tells the story of how key human rights cases have shaped the rights we have today.  It’s pretty hard to read this and remain…