New Hearing Feedback Form

“…We hope people observing hearings will want to use the Hearing Feedback Form. We think it will be useful to you in providing a structure for your observations and prompts as to what to look out for to achieve the best possible understanding of what is going on in court…”

The myths and mistakes of capacity and criminality

“If we recognise that P may be a victim of offending, we must also recognise that some Ps are at risk of offending. Likewise, those who have offended in the past may lose capacity in the future. When we accept these basic propositions as fact, we may start to break down the myths and stop the mistakes when issues of criminality and capacity collide.”

Authorising restraint– an uneasy judicial decision

“…The person at the centre of the case (“F”) was described as an intelligent, articulate woman. She is 38 years old and has end-stage kidney failure. She had refused dialysis between 28 July and 11 August 2020 and was at a real risk of dying…”

Lasting Powers of Attorney: Preferences and Instructions

By Heledd Wyn – 3rd September 2020 Hearings in the Court of Protection sometimes include consideration of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA). Did the person have capacity to grant the LPA? Do they have capacity to cancel it? Is the attorney acting in the person’s best interests?   In this blog I consider the importance of LPAs asContinue reading “Lasting Powers of Attorney: Preferences and Instructions”

“I have reached a clear conclusion that AB lacks capacity to decide whether or not she should be tube fed.” – Commentary on Judgment

“…The outcome of the judgement is the same for AB, regardless of whether she is deemed to have capacity or not, since NG feeding is judged not to be in her best interests. But a judgement in line with our argument would have given effect to her autonomy and recognised that it is her decision to seek palliative care, rather than a best interests decision made by the judge on her behalf.”

Questions of Capacity

“…by gum, I’ve learnt so much more than from the mandatory eLearnings I have recently completed. Having got to grips with the legislation, I’m now on the lookout for a court hearing before a district judge so as to be able to observe the discussions and decision making regarding capacity, autonomy etc that challenge me on a day to day basis.”

A Patient with Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa: The need for a declaration and the capacity to make a decision

“…The judgment for this hearing will be handed down within the next week. If AB is found to have capacity by Mrs Justice Roberts, this will be the first case in England and Wales since 2012 in which a patient with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa is found to have capacity to make her own decisions about nutrition…”