A case of hoarding

By Celia Kitzinger, 17th August 2022 I’ve watched four different Court of Protection cases about people with “hoarding disorder”.  In each one, the local authority had applied to remove the person from their home and rehouse them temporarily, dispose of hoarded property (exactly what could be disposed of, and when, was always contentious), carry out repairs,Continue reading “A case of hoarding”

A contested hearing about whether or not to have another hearing

By Celia Kitzinger, 26th July 2022 This hearing (COP 13452747 before by DJ Beckley at First Avenue House on 6th July 2022, via MS Teams) was originally intended to be a review hearing to consider how P, a man in his 20s with learning disability, autism and epilepsy, has settled into his new placement. The plan had been to reviewContinue reading “A contested hearing about whether or not to have another hearing”

Trial of living at home – successful so far

By Celia Kitzinger, 9th July 2022 A woman in her nineties who’s been “trapped [in a care home] by some Kafkaesque nightmare” for more than a year, has finally returned home. The judge has yet to determine whether it’s in her best interests to stay there: this is a “trial at home” to see how it worksContinue reading “Trial of living at home – successful so far”

“What good is it making someone safer if it merely makes them miserable?” A contested hearing and delayed trial of living at home

By Celia Kitzinger, 3 June 2020 The quotation in the title of this blog is (as many readers will recognise) from a judgment by  Munby J.  In full, the relevant passage reads as follows: A great judge once said, “all life is an experiment,” adding that “every year if not every day we have to wager ourContinue reading ““What good is it making someone safer if it merely makes them miserable?” A contested hearing and delayed trial of living at home”

A section 21A hearing: Impressions from a veteran observer and the daughter of (a different) P in a s.21A case

By Celia Kitzinger and Anna (Daughter of P), 9th May 2022 Anna (not her real name) contacted the Open Justice Court of Protection Project towards the end of April 2022, saying that she’d been asked to attend a s. 21A directions hearing about her mother (in a care home, with Alzheimer’s) and was finding the Court ofContinue reading “A section 21A hearing: Impressions from a veteran observer and the daughter of (a different) P in a s.21A case”