Mental Capacity Report - September 2023

MCR September 2023Welcome to the September 2023 Mental Capacity Report, which we think is our largest ever, thanks to judicial hyperactivity over what is usually the (relatively) quiet summer period. Highlights this month include:

(1) In the Health, Welfare and Deprivation of Liberty Report: the MHA/MCA interface revisited; belief, diagnosis and capacity, and questioning an independent spirit;

(2) In the Property and Affairs Report: the SRA looks at law firms providing LPA / deputyship services, OPG guidance on completing LPA forms and a shedinar on the MCA and money;

(3) In the Practice and Procedure Report: transparency in committal hearings and on death, and why belief is not the same as proof when it comes to capacity;

(4) In the Wider Context Report: the wider MHA context within which many MCA matters arise, the limits of autonomy in medical settings; litigation capacity under the spotlight in both civil and family courts; and the second of our reports from Ireland as the new Act beds in;

(5) In the Scotland Report: Articles 3 and 2 ECHR in play in the capacity context.

We also take this opportunity to bid farewell and thank you to Stephanie David, whose commitments mean that she has to take a step back from the editorial team.

Click below to download the Screen-friendly version of the Report or the Print-friendly version of the Report.

Watch Alex's walkthrough of the Report.