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. 

Visual Monitoring, Deprivation of Liberty and Human Rights

By Claire Martin, 6th March 2021 Inspired by the Open Justice Court of Protection Project, I have attended several Court of Protection hearings over the past 8 months (and blogged about some of them too).  As a psychologist working with older people in the NHS, I have found these observations valuable continuing professional development.  They are a great educationContinue reading “Visual Monitoring, Deprivation of Liberty and Human Rights”

A mother speaks out about the Court of Protection

By Celia Kitzinger, 3rd March 2021 There was a positive outcome to the hearing before Mrs Justice Lieven on Wednesday 27th January 2021.   After listening to evidence from the treating clinicians and an independent expert consultant in oncology, the Trust and the mother of “RB” (as he is called in the court documents) came to anContinue reading “A mother speaks out about the Court of Protection”

Observing Court Hearings – Valuable Training for Solicitors

“… Whilst it is important to read the Judgment afterwards, it is not the same as actually listening to the hearing as the Judgement does not go into detail of the questions and answers posed…”

Capacity and Death in the Court of Protection

“…The hearing I observed gave me faith in the system and makes me believe that if things ever got to the Court of Protection, his rights would be respected…”