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Mental Health Law Online

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

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The main content of this website has been divided into Case law (2164), Legislation (355) and Resources (631), together with separate Information pages (298) to link everything together.

News and updates

  • 15/06/21: Mental capacity law newsletter. 39 Essex Chambers, 'Mental Capacity Report' (issue 114, June 2021) —"Highlights this month include: (1) In the Health, Welfare and Deprivation of Liberty Report: substance over form in DoLS authorisations, complex questions of coercion in medical treatment, and the limits of fluctuating capacity in the context of sex; (2) In the Property and Affairs Report: a brisk dismissal of an attempt to appeal a judgment of Senior Judge Hilder about charging by a deputy, and easy read guides to making LPAs; (3) In the Practice and Procedure Report: an important rapid consultation on hearings and the judicial view of remote hearings; (4) In the Wider Context Report: the CPR responds to vulnerability, strengthening the right to independent living, capacity in the rear view mirror and the ECHR and the CRPD at loggerheads; (5) In the Scotland Report: the Mental Welfare Commission on hospital discharges, change at Scottish Government (but how much) and welfare guardianships and deprivation of liberty."
  • 15/06/21: Mental capacity law newsletter. 39 Essex Chambers, 'Mental Capacity Report' (issue 113, May 2021) —"Highlights this month include: (1) In the Health, Welfare and Deprivation of Liberty Report: a judgment looking beyond the diagnosis, paying for sex and the Court of Protection, navigating autism and indoctrination and relevant updates about visiting guidance in relation to care homes; (2) In the Property and Affairs Report: a staunch judicial defence of Banks v Goodfellow, Child Trust Funds and capacity, and updates from the OPG; (3) In the Practice and Procedure Report: discharging a party without notice, the white leopard of litigation capacity and CoP statistics; (4) In the Wider Context Report: DNACPR decisions during COVID-19, litigation capacity in the civil context, and the interaction between capacity and the MHA 1983 in two different contexts; (5) In the Scotland Report: the new Mental Welfare Commission practice guidance on capacity, rights, and sexual relationships. Our Scottish team has been too busy making law in different countries to write more this month, but will bring updates next month about legislative developments on the cards as the new Scottish administration finds its feet."


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Richard Jones, Mental Health Act Manual (23rd edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2020) — The publishers also sell an eBook version and eBook and paperback bundle. This is the book everybody needs to have. — Purchase from AmazonPurchase from Bookshop.org 


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