Re A (Covert Medication: Closed Proceedings) [2022] EWCOP 44

Covert medication - closed proceedings "This case concerns closed proceedings at which the Court of Protection has authorised the covert administration of hormone treatment to a young woman without the knowledge of her family. A is the subject of these proceedings. B is her mother. This judgment is published as a single judgment but Part One follows a closed hearing on 15 September 2022, to which B was not a party, on the Trust’s application in relation to the covert medication of A. Part Two follows an open hearing involving all parties on 20-22 September 2022. Given my decisions (i) to approve the continuation of covert medication but (ii) to end the closed proceedings and to inform B of the covert treatment of A, I circulated my draft judgment in Part One to all parties’ representatives during the open hearing. B was then made a party to the Trust’s application and the closed proceedings bundle of documents was disclosed to her. At the open hearing I gave oral rulings on the next steps in the proceedings, contact, and reporting restrictions, and informed the parties that I would prepare a written judgment on those issues. I then circulated my full draft judgment. This judgment, approved for publication in anonymised form, includes both the closed and open judgments. The paragraph numbering is consecutive over the two parts."


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Previous judgment

"I have taken steps to have the judgment of 18 June 2019, a copy of which HHJ Moir approved for publication, anonymised and published. Its neutral citation number is [2019] EWCOP 68M and it is being published simultaneously with this judgment."


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This case has been summarised on page 14 of 39 Essex Chambers, 'Mental Capacity Report' (issue 127, November 2022).

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