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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 1807 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:
First edition of the International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law (October 2016).
The articles in this edition are: — Seismic Shifts: reconfiguring 'capacity' in law and the challenges of Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabil...
2016-10-19 00:01:00
CQC, 'The state of health care and adult social care in England 2015/16' (13/10/16).
The <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="">State of Car...
2016-10-18 00:01:00
After-care case. Richards v Worcestershire County Council [2016] EWHC 1954 (Ch), [2016] MHLO 43
— "The present proceedings were issued on 6 March 2015. They seek to recover sums totalling £644,645.87, which, it is said, were spent by Mr Richards' deputy on his behalf on providing...
2016-10-12 00:02:00
Job advert. Ben Hoare Bell, Newcastle - Court of Protection solicitor.
The closing date is 31/10/16. See <a href="/Jobs" title="Jobs">Jobs</a>
2016-10-12 00:01:00
Alex Ruck Keene, 'Legal aid for historic human rights breaches in the CoP' (Court of Protection Handbook, 7/6/16).
This web page notes that, after permission to apply for judicial review was granted, the LAA conceded that the correct statutory interpretation of <a href="/LASPO_2012" title="LAS...
2016-10-09 00:04:00
Reporting restriction order case. UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v G [2016] EWCOP 28, [2016] MHLO 40
— "This brief judgment concerns an application by the Applicant Health Trust for the variation of a reporting restriction order (RRO) made by Hogg J on 11 March 2016 in proceedings concernin...
2016-10-09 00:03:00
Reporting restriction order case. M v Press Association [2016] EWCOP 34, [2016] MHLO 39
— "The hearing had taken place over four days in early November. On 2 November 2015 I made a reporting restriction order, prohibiting the identification of the first respondent and Mrs N in...
2016-10-09 00:02:00
Peer review guidance with changes highlighted.
A document highlighting the changes between v3 and v4 is now available. See <a href="/Peer_review#External_links" title="Peer review">Peer review#External links</a>
2016-10-09 00:01:00
LPA case. Miles v The Public Guardian [2015] EWHC 2960 (Ch), [2015] MHLO 139
— "I have before me two appeals from decisions of Senior Judge Lush sitting in the Court of Protection, one in a case called Re Miles and one in a case called Re Beattie in both of which he...
2016-10-07 00:02:00
Ministry of Justice case. R (Lee-Hirons) v SSJ [2016] UKSC 46, [2016] MHLO 38
— "A man is convicted of an offence. Satisfied that he is suffering from mental disorder, the court makes an order for his detention in hospital. Satisfied that it is necessary for the prote...
2016-10-07 00:01:00
New edition of book.
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2016-10-06 00:02:00
Legal Aid Agency, 'Improving Your Quality In Mental Health' (v4, dated July 2016, published 29/9/16).
See <a href="/Peer_review" title="Peer review">Peer review</a>
2016-10-06 00:01:00
Edge Training: Deprivation of liberty in children and young people - London, 5/12/16
— This course aims to update staff working with children, young people and those in transition with the latest case law and developments in relation to deprivation of liberty. The course will con...
2016-10-05 00:03:00
Edge Training: Hoarding and the law - London, 28/11/16
— This one-day interactive course for mental health and social care professionals reviews the different manifestations of hoarding and the possible origins of this behaviour, and then considers a...
2016-10-05 00:02:00
‎Edge Training: Deprivation of liberty in the community - London, 25/11/16
— This one day course is designed to enable participants to identify when applications need to be made to the Court of Protection to authorise deprivation of liberty and to comply with the requir...
2016-10-05 00:01:00
Inherent jurisdiction case. Re FD (Inherent Jurisdiction: Power of Arrest) [2016] EWHC 2358 (Fam), [2016] MHLO 37
— "FD is an 18 year old young woman. In July 2016 a local authority issued proceedings seeking an injunction under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court to prevent AD (her father) and...
2016-10-02 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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