Court of Protection judge slams council for depriving autistic woman of her liberty – Local Government Lawyer

‘A judge has accused a county council of “a systemic failure” in a strongly-worded ruling in which he found the authority to have wrongfully deprived a 19-year-old autistic woman of her liberty and breached her human rights.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th September 2014

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Four guilty of killing Dean Mayley in Greenford mugging – BBC News

Posted August 29th, 2014 in attempts, homicide, learning difficulties, murder, news, robbery, young offenders by tracey

‘Four teenagers have been convicted at the Old Bailey of killing a man with a mental age of nine who was stabbed during a mugging in west London.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2014

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Parents accused of ‘emotionally harming’ child by not naming him, win right to appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 4th, 2014 in adoption, appeals, care homes, children, learning difficulties, names, news by sally

‘A couple from Hertfordshire who had their five-month-old baby taken off them because they refused to name him, have won the right to appeal the decision.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st August 2014

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Regina (OP) v Secretary of State for Justice (Just for Kids Law intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (OP) v Secretary of State for Justice (Just for Kids Law intervening) [2014] EWHC 1944 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 348

‘It might be a necessary requirement to provide a full registered (rather than non-registered) intermediary when an individual of special vulnerability, who was in jeopardy by reason of being before the courts upon criminal accusation, came to give evidence, as such a person should be put in the best position to do themselves justice.’

WLR Daily, 13th June 2014

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High Court makes adoption call for baby with no name – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2014 in adoption, care orders, learning difficulties, names, news, social services by sally

‘A baby with no name is to be placed for adoption after a High Court judge highlighted concerns about his father’s hostility to social workers.’

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BBC News, 25th May 2014

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Joss Stone murder plotters’ jail sentences reduced – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2014 in appeals, conspiracy, learning difficulties, murder, news, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘The jail sentences of two men who plotted to rob and kill the pop singer Joss Stone have been reduced by the appeal court.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2014

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Closure of Hartley’s Day Centre in Shrewsbury ‘unlawful’ – BBC News

‘A council’s decision to close a day centre without proper consultation was unlawful, judges have ruled.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2014

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Court calls for ‘love coach’ to help vulnerable man find happiness – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 4th, 2014 in Court of Protection, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘Man with learning difficulties should be coached on how to behave before he goes out in search of a partner, Court of Protection judge says.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2014

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Disabled patients ‘have right to liberty’, Supreme Court rules – BBC News

‘Disabled people have the same right to “physical liberty” as others, one of the UK’s most senior judges has said. Lady Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court, said the state had a duty to uphold that right and to cater for disabled people.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2014

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Rape of vulnerable women ‘has been effectively decriminalised’ – The Independent

‘Rape of vulnerable women, especially those with learning difficulties, has effectively been “decriminalised”, according to a research academic employed by the country’s largest police force.’

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The Independent, 28th February 2014

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Regina v Avanzi – WLR Daily

Regina v Avanzi [2014] extempore; [2014] WLR (D) 55

‘When at issue, the burden of proving incapacity under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 fell on the party asserting it, namely the Crown, who had to discharge the burden to the criminal standard of proof and make the jury sure the complainant did not have the capacity to consent.’

WLR Daily, 6th February 2014

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Offenders with learning disabilities ‘not supported’ – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2014 in Crown Prosecution Service, learning difficulties, news, police, probation, reports by sally

‘Offenders with learning disabilities are not getting the support they need from police, probation and prosecution services, an inspection has found.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2014

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Court of Appeal agrees to hear day centre closures case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 16th, 2014 in appeals, care homes, consultations, learning difficulties, local government, news by tracey

‘Claimants seeking to stop the closure of day centres in Shropshire have this week been given permission to take their case to the Court of Appeal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th January 2014

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Council fends off High Court challenge over day centre closure – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 14th, 2014 in appeals, care homes, consultations, learning difficulties, local government, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge has rejected a judicial review challenge to a local authority’s decision to close a day centre for adults with a learning disability.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th January 2014

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Sickness benefits legal challenge to continue – BBC News

‘Two people with mental health problems can continue their challenge against government tests for sickness benefit, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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BBC News, 4th December 2013

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Woman with IQ of 49 ‘was targeted for sham marriage’ – The Independent

‘A young woman with learning difficulties was “deliberately targeted” for a sham marriage to bolster a man’s immigration case, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 3rd December 2013

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Sex offender Leslie Whiting who breached injunction ‘should be jailed’ – The Independent

‘A sex offender should be jailed for allegedly defying the orders of a court to stay away from a former girlfriend who has a learning disability, a judge was told yesterday.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2013

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Winterbourne View abuse victims to receive compensation – BBC News

Posted November 28th, 2013 in compensation, hospitals, learning difficulties, news, victims by tracey

‘Compensation will be paid to 19 families of vulnerable people who were abused at the Winterbourne View private hospital, near Bristol.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2013

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Islamic “marriage” ceremony at home declared invalid by Court of Protection – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 25th, 2013 in Court of Protection, immigration, learning difficulties, marriage, news by tracey

‘A Local Authority v SY [2013] EWHC 3485 COP (12 November 2013].
A judge in the Court of Protection has ruled that a man who had “exploited and took advantage” of a young woman for the purpose of seeking to bolster his immigration appeal had engaged in an invalid marriage ceremony.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th November 2013

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Teenager accused of planning repeat Columbine massacre faces retrial – The Independent

Posted November 20th, 2013 in explosives, learning difficulties, news, retrials, terrorism, weapons, young persons by sally

“A teenager accused of planning a ‘Columbine-style’ attack on his former school will face a re-trial after an Old Bailey jury were unable to reach verdicts on two terrorism charges.”

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The Independent, 20th November 2013

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