There was no legal representation for Mr M, nor was he in court himself. The judge said, right away, as soon as this became apparent: “I’m highly unlikely to do anything of substance today, without him being represented”.
Ruth was not in court. She was represented in court by a barrister appointed and instructed via the Official Solicitor. Her barrister reported that “Ruth is very clear in her own mind that she does not lack capacity to make these decisions”. But he did not argue on her behalf that the court should accept that she has capacity.