Sir James Munby, sitting as a judge of the High Court, has considered in detail the question of whether refusal of life-sustaining treatment by those under 18 can be determinative. Following a judgment on an urgent application in relation to X, a Jehovah’s Witness who was almost 16, available here, Sir James heard arguments over 2 days on the following questions:
His judgment, upholding, but clarifying, the current law, has been handed down today, 18 January 2021. Alex’s summary can be found here: When is a refusal by a 16 or 17 year old of treatment determinative? – Mental Capacity Law and Policy
Victoria Butler-Cole QC leading Alex Ruck Keene appeared as Cafcass Legal as Advocate to the Court.