Why covid vaccination is NOT in this care home resident’s best interests

I really wasn’t sure which decision Mr Justice Hayden was going to make as I sat through the hearing. Details of all possible options were closely examined, especially the option of using a sedative which was discussed in some depth, so I was really quite relieved when he delivered the judgment and I absolutely agree with his decision and with the reasoning behind it.

A best interests decision about contraception and residence

By Jasmine Thomson, 28th April 2021 I am a first-year social work student at Bournemouth University. I was lucky enough to hear about the Open Justice Court of Protection Project through one of our lecturers and was immediately intrigued. So, I arranged to observe a hearing as soon as I could. The hearing I observedContinue reading “A best interests decision about contraception and residence”

Bringing Lucy home

Listening to this story of Lucy’s recent life, and her family’s efforts and persistence in caring for her, was quite shocking to hear – though not entirely surprising. There were so many things that were briefly mentioned, or alluded to in passing, that it was hard to take in all of the incidents and issues that have caused concern and rancour between the family and the Local Authority since Lucy left home. What was quite clear, though, was that things had become much worse over the past year or so, even before the pandemic. 

Right to Family Life in a Care Home during a Pandemic: Michelle Davies part 2

By Evie Robson, 9th April 2021 Everyone is suffering as a result of the pandemic.  Mr Justice Hayden described it as ‘a pandemic in which fundamental rights and liberties are at every corner curbed’. The ‘right to family life’ (Article 8 of the Human Rights Act) has been one of the most painful casualties of theContinue reading “Right to Family Life in a Care Home during a Pandemic: Michelle Davies part 2”

Mentoring undergraduates to observe a Court of Protection hearing

My experience of mentoring students and integrating a court hearing into the course I was teaching was time consuming but it was a rewarding teaching experience. Engaging with how this hearing unfolded in real time has helped my students to understand the complex interface between law, medicine and lived experience. This can only enhance their development as students, as future professionals, and as citizens and help to promote the principles of open justice.

Two journalism undergraduates observe a Court of Protection hearing

“It wasn’t combative like you see on the TV. Instead there was a very clear statement from the judge that these were civil proceedings and were very different from a criminal case – there was no ‘prosecution’ and it should not be seen as ‘a fight'”

Ethical complexity in a life-sustaining treatment case

By Bonnie Venter, 23rd February 2021 Editorial Notes: (1) A tweet thread about the hearing is available here. (2) The judgment has been published here.  (3) A different perspective on the same hearing (by Bridget Penhale) has been published here. There are moments in life that cause a monumental shift in who we used to be and who we areContinue reading “Ethical complexity in a life-sustaining treatment case”

Treatment withdrawal in the ICU when clinicians and family disagree

By Bridget Penhale, 22nd February 2021 Editorial note: The judgment has been published here. When I logged into this hearing (COP 13712297, before Mr Justice Hayden) on the afternoon of Wednesday 10thFebruary 2021, I discovered it had been listed as an urgent matter relating to medical decisions about TW, a 50-year-old man with a catastrophicContinue reading “Treatment withdrawal in the ICU when clinicians and family disagree”

Who is to blame if the COVID-19 vaccination causes harm to P?

Bridget Penhale, 16 February 2021 Editorial notes: (1) For a different perspective on this same case, check out the earlier blog post by Bonnie Venter here. (2) The judgment has now been published SD v Royal Borough of Kensington And Chelsea [2021] EWCOP 14 (10 February 2021) I attended the hearing on C-19 vaccination (COPContinue reading “Who is to blame if the COVID-19 vaccination causes harm to P?”