Stacey Hyde cleared of murder in retrial – The Guardian

‘A young woman who faced a retrial for the murder of man with a history of domestic violence has been acquitted after a jury heard how she acted in self-defence. Stacey Hyde, 22, was ordered to face a second trial by the director of public prosecutions, Alison Saunders, after the court of appeal quashed her original murder conviction last year.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2015

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Rape victim falsely accused of lying by police wins £20,000 payout – The Guardian

‘A rape victim falsely accused of lying by detectives has won £20,000 in damages after suing police under the Human Rights Act. The woman, who cannot be named, was 17 when a man raped her in Winchester in April 2012 after a night out with friends. Her mother reported the attack hours later and the victim told officers her T-shirt may contain her attacker’s DNA.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2015

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Court approves caesarean for mentally-ill woman – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2015 in birth, consent, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘Doctors can perform a caesarean section on a mentally-ill woman who is in the latter stages of pregnancy without her consent, a judge has ruled.’
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BBC News, 20th May 2015

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Theresa May pledges £15m to keep mentally ill people out of police cells – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2015 in budgets, detention, mental health, news, police by sally

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, is to pledge up to £15m of new funding to provide health-based alternatives for the 4,000 people a year who spend time in detention in police cells under the Mental Health Act.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2015

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Student restrained by police died from neglect, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘A student who was detained under the Mental Health Act died as a result of neglect by police officers and ambulance staff who forcibly restrained him and left him handcuffed for hours on a hospital floor, an inquest jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2015

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Women in prison equals children without mothers, say justice groups – The Independent

‘12,000 women are sentenced each year in the UK – leaving about 20,000 children without mothers, according to Women in Prison’

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The Independent, 16th May 2015

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Alexa-Marie Quinn murder: Father Carl Wheatley found guilty – BBC News

Posted May 14th, 2015 in child abuse, diminished responsibility, mental health, murder, news by tracey

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering his four-year-old daughter by beating her to death.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2015

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Body-in-boot killer Aaron Mann ‘quit mental health treatment’ – BBC News

Posted May 14th, 2015 in domestic violence, mental health, murder, news, reports by tracey

‘A man who kept his partner’s body in a car boot after killing her had ended mental health treatment days before, a review revealed.’

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BBC News, 15th May 2015

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In re MN (An Adult) (Court of Protection: Jurisdiction) – WLR Daily

In re MN (An Adult) (Court of Protection: Jurisdiction): [2015] EWCA Civ 411; [2015] WLR (D) 208

‘The function of the Court of Protection was to take, on behalf of adults who lacked capacity, the decisions which, if they had capacity, they would take themselves. The Court of Protection was thus confined to choosing between available options, including those which there was good reason to believe would be forthcoming in the foreseeable future and, in the final analysis, could not compel a public authority to agree to a care plan which the authority was unwilling to implement.’

WLR Daily, 7th May 2015

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Wellbeing at the Bar report – The Bar Council

Posted May 12th, 2015 in barristers, mental health, reports by tracey

‘The Wellbeing at the Bar Programme was developed to look in greater detail at the unique aspects of a barristers’ working environment and how this impacts on psychological health and wellbeing.’

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The Bar Council, 11th May 2015

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Stress taking its toll on barristers, survey shows – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 12th, 2015 in barristers, mental health, news by tracey

‘One in eight barristers are “emotionally exhausted” and more than half do not sleep properly. These are among the shocking findings of the most comprehensive survey of barristers’ wellbeing yet conducted, published by the Bar Council today.’

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Law Society Gazette, 11th May 2015

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Parents of autistic man criticise decision to prosecute him – Daily Telegraph

‘George Ostle’s parents say if Lord Janner was not fit to stand trial then neither was their autistic son who has the mental age of a ten-year-old.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th May 2015

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Teenager found not guilty of raping his mother after she said it was just a dream – The Guardian

Posted May 1st, 2015 in alcohol abuse, incest, mental health, news, rape, young persons by tracey

‘A teenager has been found not guilty of raping his mother as she slept after she told a jury she had dreamed the attack. The boy, who cannot be named, was 14 when his mother woke up and accused him of trying to rape her. Despite calling the police to report the alleged incident, when the case reached trial this week the mother claimed she was “99.9% sure” she had dreamed it after a night out drinking.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2015

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Child abuse inquiry judge to investigate Lord Janner allegations – The Guardian

‘A high court judge is to investigate whether child sexual abuse allegations against Lord Janner were the subject of an establishment cover-up.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2015

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Mental Capacity Law Newsletter – 39 Essex Chambers

Posted April 29th, 2015 in deprivation of liberty safeguards, mental health, news, Scotland by sally

Mental Capacity Law Newsletter (PDF)

39 Essex Chambers, April 2015

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Lord Janner’s alleged victims seek formal review of DPP decision – The Guardian

‘A group of people who say they were abused by Lord Janner are seeking a formal review of the decision not to prosecute the former Labour MP following child sex abuse claims.’
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The Guardian, 28th April 2015

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Alison Saunders: I was right not to charge Lord Janner with child sex abuse – Daily Telegraph

‘Director of Public Prosecutions claims she made correct decision not to bring case against Labour peer as she urges critics to challenge her in court ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd April 2015

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Critics of Lord Janner decision misunderstand justice system – The Guardian

‘The creation of the Crown Prosecution Service nearly 30 years ago was pretty traumatic for the police. I remember it well and wrote a book about it at the time. Overnight, detectives lost the power to decide what charges should be brought against people they had arrested. Instead, the director of public prosecutions — whose remit had been confined to cases of “importance or difficulty” for the previous 100 years — took responsibility in 1986 for most public prosecutions across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2015

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Home Office ordered to bring back migrant mother and five-year-old son deported to Nigeria – The Independent

‘The Home Office has been ordered to arrange for a deported migrant family to be returned to Britain from Nigeria – in a landmark ruling that threatens to undermine the Government’s “deport first, appeal later” policy.

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The Independent, 22nd April 2015

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Man died in prison after police wrongly took him from psychiatric unit, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘Mark Groombridge killed himself in Dovegate prison two weeks after he was removed from secure ward by probation officers and recalled to prison – a move that probably contributed to his death, jury finds.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2015

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