Welcome to the July 2022 Mental Capacity Report. Highlights this month include:
(1) In the Health, Welfare and Deprivation of Liberty Report: Injunctions against family members; Draft LPS forms published; and serious medical treatment applications.
(2) In the Practice and Procedure Report: Remote observations of hearings and new SRA guidance on vulnerable clients.
(3) In the Wider Context Report: Mental Health Bill Update; Archie Battersbee case in the Court of Appeal; Posthumous use of embryos; and CAMHS gatekeeping.
(4) In the Scotland Report: World Congress and Scott Review Updates; Learning Disabilities and Mental Health legislation; and permanence orders.
You can find our past issues, our case summaries, and more on our dedicated sub-site here, where you can also find updated versions of both our capacity and best interests guides. We have taken a deliberate decision not to cover all the host of COVID-19 related matters that might have a tangential impact upon mental capacity in the Report. Chambers has created a dedicated COVID-19 page with resources, seminars, and more, here; Alex maintains a resources page for MCA and COVID-19 here, and Neil a page here. If you want more information on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which we frequently refer to in this Report, we suggest you go to the Small Places website run by Lucy Series of Cardiff University.