Judge orders caesarean if needed for mentally ill mother-to-be – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2016 in birth, Court of Protection, health, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘A specialist judge has given doctors permission to perform a caesarean section to deliver the baby of a 21-year-old woman detained under mental health legislation.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2016

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High Court ruling outlines extraordinary scale of allegations against Blavo & Co – Legal Futures

Posted February 3rd, 2016 in disclosure, fraud, law firms, legal aid, mental health, news, statistics by sally

‘A High Court judge has said there is a “strongly arguable case” that collapsed firm Blavo & Co, formerly the UK’s leading mental health practice, made “many thousands” of false legal aid claims.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd February 2016

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An open or shut case? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R(C) v. Secretary of State for Justice [2016] UKSC 2. When is it right to keep the names of parties to litigation a secret? That was the difficult question the Supreme Court had to grapple with in this judgment, handed down on Wednesday. The decision to allow a double-murderer to remain anonymous led to outraged headlines in the tabloids. Yet the Court reached the unanimous conclusion that this was the right approach. Why?.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th January 2016

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Paroled murderer wins fight to remain anonymous – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2016 in anonymity, appeals, mental health, murder, news, parole, Supreme Court by sally

‘A convicted murderer, recently released from a psychiatric hospital, has won his supreme court battle to keep his identity secret.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2016

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People with advanced dementia have no place in court – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2016 in accidents, courts, elderly, fitness to plead, mental health, news, road traffic, trials by sally

‘The Law Commission has recommended a new test of incapacity after the Greville Janner case. We must be cautious about punishing those no longer in control of their actions.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2016

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We must choose our words carefully when covering complex legal cases – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2016 in Court of Protection, media, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘A recent case that caught the public’s attention shows how writers’ choice of words can, however unintentionally, create a misleading impression.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2016

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Shaw Review into the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons published: summary

Posted January 15th, 2016 in detention, families, human rights, immigration, mental health, news by sally

‘The review by Stephen Shaw into the welfare in immigration detention of vulnerable persons has been published today. The Government has responded stating that it “accepts the broad thrust of his recommendations” and that the Home Office expects its reforms reduce the number of those detained reduce and the duration of detention before removal.’

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Free Movement, 14th January 2016

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Lord Janner sex abuse ‘trial of the facts’ formally dropped one month after the Labour peer’s death – The Independent

‘A ‘trial of the facts’ into allegations of sexual abuse by Lord Janner has been formally dropped following the Labour peer’s death in December.’

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The Independent, 15th January 2016

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Lawyer takes charge of financial affairs of titled woman who was last patient to undergo ‘lunacy inquisition’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2016 in Court of Protection, mental health, news, powers of attorney, solicitors by sally

‘The woman, who is in her late 70s, underwent a frontal leucotomy in 1962 to cut nerve fibres in the brain.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2016

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Modernising the rules on unfitness to plead – Law Commission

Posted January 13th, 2016 in fitness to plead, Law Commission, mental health, news by sally

‘A new test is needed to establish who is unfit to plead. The existing rules for deciding whether a defendant is unfit to participate in a criminal trial – and what the courts should do if they are not – are out of date, misunderstood and inconsistently applied.’

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Law Commission, 13th January 2016

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Fitness-to-plead court test out of date, says Law Commission – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2016 in fitness to plead, Law Commission, mental health, news by sally

‘New tests should be introduced to assess whether a defendant facing criminal charges is mentally fit to stand trial, the Law Commission says.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2016

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Too many people unfit to plead face criminal trials, says Law Commission – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2016 in criminal justice, fitness to plead, Law Commission, mental health, news, trials by tracey

‘Commission will tell Government legal tests to determine whether someone is mentally fit for trial are Victorian legacies.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2016

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Dementia charity warned to take action over data protection failings – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 8th, 2016 in charities, data protection, mental health, news by tracey

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered The Alzheimer’s Society to take action or risk prosecution after finding serious failings in the way volunteers handled data about people who used the charity.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2016

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Lord Janner child sex abuse claims ‘cannot go to court’ – The Guardian

Posted December 21st, 2015 in child abuse, elderly, fitness to plead, hospital orders, mental health, news by sally

‘The death of the former Labour peer Greville Janner almost certainly means that child sex allegations made against him will never be tested in a criminal court, according to legal experts.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2015

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Sgt Alexander Blackman’s wife ‘cautiously optimistic’ of new appeal – Daily Telegraph

‘The wife of a Royal Marine given a life sentence for murdering a Taliban captive has said she is cautiously optimistic new evidence will see his case sent back to the Appeal Court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2015

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Antiques dealer jailed for organising theft of Alzheimer’s sufferers’ cherished belongings – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 15th, 2015 in artistic works, elderly, mental health, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘The treasured possessions and family heirlooms were stolen from elderly homeowners as they slept.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th December 2015

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Independent investigators needed for mental health patient deaths, says report – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2015 in detention, inquests, mental health, news, reports by tracey

‘Health inspectors have demanded an independent system for investigating deaths of mental health patients detained in hospitals in England, in a scathing report on how those detained are being treated.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2015

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Lord Janner unfit to stand trial, judge rules – BBC News

‘Lord Janner is unfit to stand trial over child sexual abuse offences dating back 50 years, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2015

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Lord Janner judge to rule on evidence behind lack of fitness to stand trial – The Guardian

‘A high court judge is expected to rule on whether Lord Janner is unfit to stand trial – and what evidence can be released regarding that decision – for a string of child sex offences dating back 50 years.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2015

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Court grants woman right to die after ‘losing her sparkle’ – The Guardian

‘Woman known as C is described as “impulsive and self-centred” but competent enough to refuse dialysis after destroying kidneys in suicide attempt.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2015

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