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The internet resource on mental health law in England & Wales, primarily for mental health practitioners, to which anyone can contribute. From April 2006 to September 2010 this website was called Wiki Mental Health. The following are the main content areas:

1. Case law   2. Legislation   3. General information   4. CPD scheme
Regularly updated commentaries on the cases, with links to the full text judgments on Bailii. (Currently 1667 categorised cases)   The full text of, and a simple and up-to-date commentary on, the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and related legislation.   General articles to explain the concepts and terminology used in the caselaw and legislation sections; and practical guidance for lawyers   Online CPD scheme providing 12 points for £60: suitable for solicitors (SRA-accredited), barristers (established practitioners), psychiatrists, social workers and psychiatric nurses.

Recent updates on website
For further details of the updates below, click here:
Just Giving, 'Paul's British Isles Walk: Walking through The British Isles for Big C' (April-May 2015).
Paul Veitch is a great mental health solicitor who has given permission this link to be included here. Introductory story from website: "Two years ago I was diagnosed with incurable bowel can...
2015-05-26 00:01:00
Alex Ruck Keene, 'The Court of Protection comes of age' (Court of Protection Handbook Blog, 7/5/15).
See <a href="/Re_MN_(An_Adult)_(2015)_EWCA_Civ_411,_(2015)_MHLO_41" title="Re MN (An Adult) (2015) EWCA Civ 411, (2015) MHLO 41">Re MN (An Adult) (2015) EWCA Civ 411, (201...
2015-05-24 00:02:00
Best interests case. Re MN (An Adult) [2015] EWCA Civ 411, [2015] MHLO 41
— "The function of the Court of Protection is to take, on behalf of adults who lack capacity, the decisions which, if they had capacity, they would take themselves. The Court of Protection h...
2015-05-24 00:01:00
COP costs case. LB Redbridge v G (No 6) [2015] EWCA Civ 446, [2015] MHLO 40
— ''The Official Solicitor unsuccessfully appealed against an order that Associated Newspapers Limited should pay (only) 30% of his costs. (1) The primary ground of appeal - that the COP Rules di...
2015-05-23 00:02:00
Negligence claim. ABC v St George's Healthcare NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 1394 (QB), [2015] MHLO 39
— ''The claimant's father had killed his wife, was detained under s37/41, and refused to allow the Trust to inform his pregnant daughter of his Huntingdon's disease diagnosis. She claimed...
2015-05-23 00:01:00
Taking Stock Conference, 16/10/15.
The 2015 Annual Taking Stock Conference (The Mental Health &amp; Mental Capacity Acts in Practice) will take place on Friday '''16/10/15''' at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. C...
2015-05-14 00:05:00
Legal Aid Agency, 'Keycard 51' (April 2015).
This document is helpful when working out financial eligibility for civil Legal Aid. In force 6/4/15. See <a href="/Legal_Aid#Guidance_documents" title="Legal Aid">Legal A...
2015-05-14 00:04:00
CQC, 'Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2013/14' (5/2/15).
See <a href="/CQC#CQC_-_Reports_on_MHA" title="CQC" class="mw-redirect">CQC#CQC - Reports on MHA</a>
2015-05-14 00:03:00
New book. Sarah Johnston et al, Mental Health Tribunal Handbook (LAG 2015).
This book by Sarah Johnston (salaried tribunal judge), Sophy Miles (fee-paid tribunal judge) and Claire Royston (tribunal medical member) is an up-to-date, practical guide for Tribunal representati...
2015-05-14 00:02:00
Legal Aid audits.
Different mental health firms have reportedly been given different information about the current round of audits: (a) that larger firms are selected based on contract size, or (b) that every firm w...
2015-05-14 00:01:00
New HQ1 and procedure for late reports from 5/5/15. Tribunal Procedure: Failure to submit reports to the tribunal on time (17 April 2015) [2015] MHLO 38
— This letter to MHA Administrators sets out their duties in relation to an amended HQ1 form (which must be used from 5/5/15) and a related email to "stakeholders" sets out the duties o...
2015-05-01 00:01:00
Extradition case. H v USA [2015] EWHC 1066 (Admin), [2015] MHLO 37
— Extradition case with mental health factual background.
2015-04-29 00:04:00
Edge Training: DoLS Signatory Course on 12/6/15.
Edge Training are running a "DoLS Signatory Course" on Friday '''12/6/15''' in London. This will be a practical training day designed for DoLS supervisory body signatories. The course wil...
2015-04-29 00:03:00
Edge Training: BIA Legal Update on 26/6/15.
Edge Training are running a BIA Legal Update (also open to MH Assessors) on Friday '''26/6/15''' in London. The course will provide information on the key cases and news over the last six to twelve...
2015-04-29 00:02:00
Tribunal practice statement on delegation of functions.
<a href="/Practice_Statement:_Delegation_of_Functions_to_Staff_and_to_Registrars_on_or_after_27_April_2015_(2015)_MHLO_36" title="Practice Statement: Delegation of Functions to St...
2015-04-29 00:01:00
Legal Aid Agency, 'Mental Health Common Errors' (v1, 6/2/15, published April 2015).
This document contains the following headings: Claiming Errors; Tackling poor quality; Web links to documents. Details in relation to the following claiming errors are set out in the document: (1)...
2015-04-28 00:01:00
MHLA: Court of Protection Conference.
The Mental Health Lawyers Association's second annual Court of Protection Conference will be held on Friday '''3/7/15''' in London. Keynote speaker: Sir James Munby, President of the Family Div...
2015-04-27 00:04:00
MHLA: Panel courses.
The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running their Panel Course (a) on Monday '''1/6/15''' and Tuesday '''2/6/15''' in London, and (b) on Thursday '''4/6/15''' and Friday '''5/6/15''' in Leeds...
2015-04-27 00:03:00
MHLA: Foundation courses.
The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running a mental health law Foundation Course on Monday '''18/5/15''' in London and on Tuesday '''19/5/15''' in Manchester. This course is aimed at new pra...
2015-04-27 00:02:00
MHLA: Introduction to the Court of Protection course.
The Mental Health Lawyers Association are running an "Introduction to the Court of Protection" course on Thursday '''7/5/15''' and Friday '''8/5/15''' in London. This course is primarily...
2015-04-27 00:01:00
Summaries from Kris Gledhill added to some 2014 case pages.
The cases are: <a href="/R_v_Dixon_(2013)_EWCA_Crim_465,_(2013)_MHLO_42" title="R v Dixon (2013) EWCA Crim 465, (2013) MHLO 42">R v Dixon (2013) EWCA Crim 465, (2013) MHLO...
2015-04-24 00:01:00
Department of Health and Welsh Government, 'Mental health aftercare in England and Wales: Arrangements for resolving disputes over ordinary residence involving local authorities in England and...
These arrangements, made under s117(5), set out the process by which the Secretary of State for Heath and the Welsh Ministers will decide which of them will determine a dispute about where a person...
2015-04-22 00:01:00
Mental Health Law Online is 9 years old today!
To celebrate this anniversary there are several new website features, including a Facebook page and a menu of icons which you can use to share pages across social media. See <a href="/Main_...
2015-04-19 00:02:00
New Mental Health Law Online Facebook page.
MHLO now has a <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="">Facebook page</a&gt...
2015-04-19 00:01:00
Deprivation of liberty case (own home). W City Council v Mrs L [2015] EWCOP 20, [2015] MHLO 35
— "This hearing concerns a 93-year old lady with a diagnosis of severe dementia, Alzheimer's disease. She lives in her own home, with care and safety arrangements set up for her between...
2015-04-16 00:01:00
PI quantum case. DD v Dudley and Walsall NHS Trust [2014] MHLO 145 (PI)
— ''The Claimant's partner committed suicide while being detained under <a href="/S2" title="S2" class="mw-redirect">s2</a> Mental Health Act. The Cl...
2015-04-13 00:01:00
Mind, 'Legal Newsletter' (Issue 18, March 2015).
This issue contains the following headings. (1) Articles: (a) The Care Act; (b) Policing and mental health: Report of the Home Affairs Committee; (c) CQC fifth annual monitoring report on the imple...
2015-04-12 00:01:00
Judiciary website, 'Court of Protection Practice Directions come into force 6 April 2015' (2/4/15).
Also: Sophy Miles, 'New Practice Directions out now!' (Court of Protection Handbook Blog, 8/4/15). See <a href="/Court_of_Protection_Practice_Directions" title="Court of P...
2015-04-10 00:05:00
Guardianship/DOLS case. NM v Kent County Council [2015] UKUT 125 (AAC), [2015] MHLO 34
— ''NM was subject to both guardianship and a DOLS authorisation. His residence at a particular home was enforced and he was escorted while on leave. The First-tier tribunal decided that he &quot...
2015-04-10 00:04:00
New tribunal forms: T110-Guardianship and HQ1-Guardianship.
From 7/4/15 these forms should be used in guardianship cases. See <a href="/Tribunal_forms" title="Tribunal forms">Tribunal forms</a>
2015-04-10 00:03:00
Alex Ruck Keene et al, 'Deprivation of liberty: a practical guide' (Law Society, 9/4/15).
Law Society summary: "The Law Society has issued comprehensive guidance on the law relating to the deprivation of liberty safeguards. The safeguards aim to ensure that those who lack capacity...
2015-04-10 00:02:00
Event: conference in Cork.
The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at the University College Cork, and the Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association, are holding a Mental Health Law Conference on Saturday 25/4/15 from...
2015-04-10 00:01:00

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The Small Places: recent posts
The Small Places is moving...

<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">...but <a href="">it's only a click away</a&g... (Lucy Series) 2014-03-06 22:21:00
‘I was ever a fighter, so — one fight more’
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">A powerful judgment concerning the liberty of Ms Manuela Sykes has <a href="http://www.bailii.or... (Lucy Series) 2014-02-25 12:24:00
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I imagine there is only one thing worse than your son or daughter dying at the age of 18, and that is learni... (Lucy Series) 2014-02-25 09:31:00
Some more messages on the Mental Capacity Act 2005
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">This is another post on evidence given to the <a href=" (Lucy Series) 2014-02-19 15:45:00
Local authorities behaving badly
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">When <a href="">HL was deprived of his... (Lucy Series) 2014-02-18 15:42:00
Same old same old: are supervisory bodies actually reading s39D?
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">We are now into the fifth year of the DOLS, and it seems that a third of supervisory bodies may not yet have... (Lucy Series) 2014-02-18 10:10:00
Against "mental age"
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Why do so many judgments from the Court of Protection use 'mental age' to describe people with learn... (Lucy Series) 2014-02-17 11:24:00
A message from Hammersmith and Fulham
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">A few weeks ago I posted <a href=" (Lucy Series) 2014-02-14 16:14:00
Discharges from detention by the Tribunal under the Mental Health Act 1983
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">The Care Quality Commission's <a href=" (Lucy Series) 2014-02-11 11:57:00
Does the public oppose 'euthanasia', or a loss of autonomy in end of life care?
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">ComRes has recently <a href=" (Lucy Series) 2014-02-02 20:01:00
Framing the test of capacity to consent to sex
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">The Court of Appeal has just handed down a very important judgment on the nature of the capacity to consent... (Lucy Series) 2014-01-24 14:27:00
A secret court no more!
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">So unless you missed the Daily Mail’s <a href=" (Lucy Series) 2014-01-17 18:33:00
Whose right is it anyway?
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This lovely postcard... (Lucy Series) 2014-01-17 16:50:00
Sign Age UK's petition to close the human rights loophole in care!
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I've written many times before on this blog about the utter disgrace that users of private and independe... (Lucy Series) 2014-01-15 11:10:00
Conference on Resource Allocation Systems
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div>One of the most read pieces on this blog was some research which found that Resource Allocation S... (Lucy Series) 2014-01-07 14:45:00
Fab PhD Studentships - Overcoming barriers!
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I get contacted fairly often by people asking about what it's like to do a PhD. &nbsp;I always tell... (Lucy Series) 2014-01-07 14:34:00
A message from Pembrokeshire
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Happy new year! &nbsp;As some of you may have already noticed, the <a href="http://www.parli... (Lucy Series) 2014-01-06 14:43:00
Happy Christmas
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal">It’s Christmas Eve.&nbsp; The cat has been bundled into the car... (Lucy Series) 2013-12-24 15:22:00
More questions than answers - on the 'forced caesarean' case
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">[Update 04/12/2013: The <a href=" (Lucy Series) 2013-12-03 10:35:00
The Ombudsmen find maladministration causing injustice in a case involving the deprivation of liberty safeguards
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">One of the recurring themes that has come up before the <a href=" (Lucy Series) 2013-11-28 14:53:00
Call for papers: SLSA Annual Conference Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law stream
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="tr_bq">Every year the <a href=" (Lucy Series) 2013-11-27 16:01:00
Postcode lottery in DoLS review mechanism
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) an authorisation to detain a per... (Lucy Series) 2013-11-25 11:11:00
Fighting fund for LB
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">The post I wrote about <a href="">th... (Lucy Series) 2013-11-11 17:28:00
Judicial review of decision to close the Independent Living Fund succeeds
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Apologies for this fleeting post, but I wanted to bring to people's attention the Court of Appeal's... (Lucy Series) 2013-11-11 14:43:00
Detained patients' awareness of the mental health tribunal
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hot on the heels of the judgment in <a href=" (Lucy Series) 2013-11-05 10:07:00

Bailii: recent COP cases
MRJ (Reconsideration of Order) [2014] EWHC B15 (COP) (10 April 2014)

2014-04-10 00:00:00
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust v J [2014] EWHC 1136 (COP) (09 April 2014)
2014-04-09 00:00:00
Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group v IA (By the Official Solicitor As His Litigation Friend) [2014] EWHC 990 (COP) (03 April 2014)
2014-04-03 00:00:00
A Local Authority v TZ (No. 2) [2014] EWHC 973 (COP) (01 April 2014)
2014-04-01 00:00:00
London Borough of Redbridge v G & Ors (No. 2) [2014] EWHC 959 (COP) (26 March 2014)
2014-03-26 00:00:00
A Local Authority v B, F & G [2014] EWHC B18 (COP) (21 March 2014)
2014-03-21 00:00:00
AK (gift application) [2014] EWHC B11 (COP) (20 March 2014)
2014-03-20 00:00:00
RGS (No. 3), Re [2014] EWHC B12 (COP) (20 March 2014)
2014-03-20 00:00:00
P, Re (capacity to tithe inheritance) [2014] EWHC B14 (COP) (20 March 2014)
2014-03-20 00:00:00
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust v LM [2014] EWHC 454 (COP) (26 February 2014)
2014-02-26 00:00:00
London Borough of Redbridge v G & Ors [2014] EWHC 485 (COP) (26 February 2014)
2014-02-26 00:00:00
JS v KB & Anor (Property And Affairs Deputy for DB) [2014] EWHC 483 (COP) (26 February 2014)
2014-02-26 00:00:00
Westminster City Council v Sykes [2014] EWHC B9 (COP) (24 February 2014)
2014-02-24 00:00:00
ES, Re [2014] EWHC B6 (21 February 2014)
2014-02-21 00:00:00
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust v JB [2014] EWHC 342 (COP) (17 February 2014)
2014-02-17 00:00:00
A (A Child), Re (Rev 1) [2014] EWHC 920 (COP) (12 February 2014)
2014-02-12 00:00:00
DP (Revocation of Lasting Power of Attorney), Re [2014] EWHC B4 (COP) (11 February 2014)
2014-02-11 00:00:00
RC v CC & Anor [2014] EWHC 131 (COP) (30 January 2014)
2014-01-30 00:00:00
X, Y And Z (Minors) , Re [2014] EWHC 87_2 (COP) (24 January 2014)
2014-01-24 00:00:00
Practice Guidance (Transparency in the Court Of Protection) [2014] EWHC B2 (COP) (16 January 2014)

2014-01-16 00:00:00

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