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Mental Health Law Online

The internet resource on mental health law, and mental capacity law, for England & Wales.

From April 2006 to September 2010 this website was called Wiki Mental Health. You can read a review of the site here.

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  • 25/07/16 (1): CPD invoice page fixed. The "obtain an invoice" page is working again now - apologies for any inconvenience. See CPD scheme
  • 13/07/16 (1): Best interests case. Re A (A Child) (2016) EWCA Civ 759, (2016) MHLO 22 — "This is an appeal against the making of a declaration by Mrs Justice Parker on 20 June 2016 whereby she declared that: 'It is lawful and in A's best interest to remove his respiratory support by extubating him and, if he becomes unstable, not to reintroduce his respiratory support again but instead generally to furnish such treatment by way of pain relief or sedation and nursing as may be appropriate to ensure that A suffers the least distress and pain at the time and in the manner of his dying.'"
  • 09/07/16 (2): Fitness to plead case. R v Orr (2016) EWCA Crim 889, (2016) MHLO 21 — "The appeal concerns the definition of 'fitness to plead' and the process engaged by the trial judge in the instant trial which proceeded after he found the defendant 'unfit to be cross examined'. ... Once the issue of fitness to plead has been raised it must be determined. In this case, the judge explicitly found that the appellant had been fit to participate in his trial up to the point of cross examination and thereby implicitly determined that the appellant was no longer able to fully participate in his trial within the 'Pritchard' refined criteria. In these circumstances, the procedure to be adopted was clearly set out by section Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Act 1964, 4A. We agree with the submission that this is a statutory mandatory requirement which cannot be avoided by the court's general discretion to order proceedings otherwise, however beneficial to the defendant they may appear. It follows that, in this case, the jury should not have been allowed to return a verdict, other than a verdict of acquittal if they were not satisfied on the evidence already given in the trial that the appellant did the act charged against him. The appeal against conviction must be allowed."
  • 30/06/16 (1): King's College London: Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc. This MSc programme will equip students to become leaders in mental health policy, law or practice. It has been designed for health care professionals, lawyers, policy makers, and all those with a relevant first degree who are keen to consider the difficult questions raised by mental ill health and society's response. Benefits of the programme include that it: (1) Offers in-depth and integrated clinical, philosophical and legal analysis of key issues in the field of mental health. (2) Is supported by the UK's first centre of medical law and ethics (CMLE) and Europe’s largest centre for research and teaching in psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience (IoPPN). (3) Is located in central London and maintains close links with national and international policy formers and leading legal and clinical practitioner communities. For further information on this course, please visit the King’s online prospectus.
  • 23/06/16 (1): Manchester University/AMHPA: Taking Stock conference ..→
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