Addressing the Oral Judgment to the Person it Most Concerns

By Celia Kitzinger – 3rd August, 2020 Something exceptional happened in a hearing I observed last week.  A judge – it was Mr Justice Cobb – delivered an oral judgment directly to the young woman at the centre of the case, addressing her by name. This was the 53rd hearing I have observed in theContinue reading “Addressing the Oral Judgment to the Person it Most Concerns”

Navigating Approaches to Care when Family and Local Authority Disagree

By Hilary Paxton – 31st July, 2020 On 29 June I started a job as a 2-day per week trainee Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) and Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR) for an advocacy provider in Yorkshire. I am currently doing my induction and lots of training.  I have never worked with the Court of ProtectionContinue reading “Navigating Approaches to Care when Family and Local Authority Disagree”

Over-ruling P’s Strong Wishes in a Best Interests Decision: Autonomy, Protection and P’s voice

“…The position taken by the Official Solicitor (OS) meant that the Local Authority (the applicant), the NHS Trust (the second respondent) and the OS (the first respondent) all took exactly the same position – all opposed to P’s wishes. It felt very one-sided and as though nobody was arguing for what P wanted, except for P herself…”

Lived Experience and Professional Expertise as a Lawyer in the Court of Protection

“…We are not faceless, and any one of us could become involved as the subject of, or family member to a person subject to Court of Protection proceedings…”

NEWS: Gill Loomes-Quinn will be talking about the Project at the Mental Disability Law – Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Seminar on Wednesday 22nd July

By Gill Loomes-Quinn – 16th July 2020 Gill is looking forward to giving a talk about the project, and how we contribute to, and champion the cause of Open Justice in the Court of Protection – at 3.30 pm next Wednesday 22nd July, 2020. This will be as part of the Mental Disability Law –Continue reading “NEWS: Gill Loomes-Quinn will be talking about the Project at the Mental Disability Law – Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Seminar on Wednesday 22nd July”

A Basic Guide to the Court of Protection

“… there is a difference between open justice and comprehensible justice. It is one thing for people to be able to come to court (whether in person or, at present, largely remotely) and another for them to be able to follow what is going on there…”

Hunger Striking for his Identity: Autonomy, Capacity, and Justice

“…I hope Mr A’s hunger strike works to shame the Home Office into respecting his identity – but if it does not, I would like him to choose to live, if he can bear to. Not because he will have a happy future (although he may), and not for the sake of his parents (although they would rejoice in that decision) but because he has so much to contribute..”