On not allowing the strong views of family members to prevail: A COVID-19 hearing

“Strongly held views by well-meaning and concerned family members should be taken into account but never permitted to prevail nor allowed to create avoidable delay. To do so would be to expose the vulnerable to the levels of risk I have identified, in the face of what remains an insidious and highly dangerous pandemic virus“ (Hayden J §26, SD v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2021] EWCOP 14)

The elephant in the courtroom: Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in a hearing about care and residence

By Celia Kitzinger, 23rd August 2021 (Note: This blog has been revised and corrected following correspondence with the two barristers in the hearing I observed. Thank you to both of them for the time they spent on this.) I’m profoundly disturbed by this case (COP 12913981) before District Judge Beckley, which has been slowly progressingContinue reading “The elephant in the courtroom: Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in a hearing about care and residence”