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  • 31/07/14 (2): Legal Aid Agency, 'Where to send civil work from 17/2/14' (February 2014). Link to this document added. See Legal Aid forms

  • 31/07/14 (1): Legal Aid forms. New versions have been published for: CIVAPP1, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 8A; ADMIN1; MEANS1, 2 (+ guides), MEANS3; CIVCLAIM1, 1A, 5 & 5A; CW1&2, 3, 4, & CWC(MH); ECLAIM1(CIV), (MH) & (IMM). From 4/8/14 only these forms can be signed. Old forms signed before then should be submitted before 31/8/13 to avoid rejection. See Legal Aid forms

  • 30/07/14 (1): Nazreen Pearce and Sue Jackson, 'Supplement to Urgent Applications in the Court of Protection' (29/7/14). This supplement to the Deprivation of Liberty chapter of 'Urgent Applications in the Court of Protection' analyses the Supreme Court judgment in Cheshire West. The book is available here: Nazreen Pearce and Sue Jackson, Urgent Applications in the Court of Protection (2nd edn, Jordans 2014). See DOLS#Academic articles and book chapters

  • 29/07/14 (3): Legal Aid Agency, 'Keycard 50' (April 2014). This document is helpful if working out financial eligibility for civil Legal Aid. In force 7/4/14. See Legal Aid#External links

  • 29/07/14 (2): Victim policy. Link to amended version of MHT victim policy (without missing text in paragraph 21) added. See Practice Guidance on Procedures Concerning Handling Representations from Victims in the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health)

  • 29/07/14 (1): Secondary legislation. National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) Regulations 2012 — These regulations, among other things, set out the situations in which the duty on a CCG imposed by s117 can be imposed on a different CCG. The regulations are summarised here but the main consideration is where the patient is provided with primary medical services. Various in-force dates (Part 4 - mental health after-care services - in force 1/2/13).

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