Welcome to the April 2017 Mental Capacity Report. Highlights 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