Welcome to the May 2022 Mental Capacity Report. Highlights this month include:
(1) In the Health, Welfare and Deprivation of Liberty Report: Fact-finding in relation to coercive and controlling behaviour; habitual residence; and how recent should evidence be for the deprivation of liberty of a child?
(2) In the Property and Affairs Report: The Governments to the ‘Moderninsing Lasting Powers of Attorney’ consultation
(3) In the Practice and Procedure Report: Balancing privacy and open justice; costs of proceedings; and compliance with practice directions.
(4) In the Wider Context Report: Mental Health Act reform; COVID-19 in care homes; and MARSIPAN is replaced.
(5) In the Scotland Report: The World Congress; the Scott Review; and more on the PKM Litigation and Guardians’ remuneration.
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.