JO v GO and others – WLR Daily

Posted December 17th, 2013 in Court of Protection, jurisdiction, law reports, mental health, necessity, Scotland by sally

JO v GO and others [2013] EWHC 3932 (COP); [2013] WLR (D) 495

‘The English Court of Protection had no jurisdiction under section 7(1)(a) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to exercise its functions under the Act in relation to an incapacitated adult no longer habitually resident in England and Wales. In the case of an adult lacking capacity to decide where to live, habitual residence could in principle be lost and another habitual residence acquired without the need for any court order or other formal process. Provided that the removal had not been wrongful the doctrine of necessity applied; what was required was a decision taken by a relative or carer which was reasonable, arrived at in good faith and taken in the best interests of the assisted person. There was nothing in the 2005 Act to displace that approach.’

WLR Daily, 13th December 2013