Council secures possession in case concerning effect of time spent in residential care by person with no mental capacity and whether it should deprive family member of right to succeed – Local Government Lawyer

‘A woman must leave her home of 57 years because her mother – the legal tenant of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council – died in a care home rather than in the house, the High Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd September 2022

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High Court backs move of 89-year-old man with Alzheimer’s from care home in UK to Jamaica – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 21st, 2022 in care homes, Court of Protection, elderly, Jamaica, local government, mental health, news by sally

‘It is in the best interests of an 89-year-old man (XX) currently in a care home in the UK to travel to Jamaica for his last years, despite him lacking the mental capacity to make the decision himself, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th September 2022

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Molly Russell inquest delayed to ensure social media posts handled ‘sensitively’ – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2022 in bereavement, children, coroners, delay, families, inquests, internet, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘The inquest into the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell was delayed by legal discussions on Tuesday as the coroner raised concerns about protecting people whose social media posts appear at the hearing.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2022

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Molly Russell’s inquest to put focus on big tech – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2022 in inquests, internet, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by tracey

‘Almost five years after she took her own life, the inquest into the death of teenager Molly Russell is due to begin.’

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BBC News, 20th September 2022

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Court of Protection judge backs trial period of 92-year-old being cared for at home, saying risk was manageable – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 15th, 2022 in care homes, community care, Court of Protection, elderly, human rights, mental health, news by tracey

‘A Court of Protection judge has approved a trial period where a 92-year-old woman (AC) is care for in her home, in a case where the council argued that she should remain in a care home.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th September 2022

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Barristers strike: ‘The system is falling apart and victims are let down’ – BBC News

‘As many defence barristers begin an indefinite strike over pay, the BBC spoke to a barrister about her day-to-day work in the “falling apart” criminal justice system and to an alleged victim of sexual abuse caught up in the backlog of cases.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2022

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Rwanda flight migrants include torture victims, say doctors – BBC News

‘A detailed clinical review of the backgrounds of asylum seekers likely to be sent to Rwanda has found many may have been tortured.’

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BBC News, 1st September 2022

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Half of all court cases over breach of anti-social behaviour injunction end with defendant imprisoned, new data shows – Local Government Lawyer

“Almost half of all cases concerning civil injunction breaches brought to court by social housing providers and councils since the first lockdown have resulted in a prison sentence, according to a report from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.”

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th August 2022

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My son with schizophrenia was ‘unlawfully deported’ to Jamaica – BBC News

‘The family of a man with schizophrenia is taking legal action against the Home Office for allegedly unlawfully deporting him to Jamaica.’

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BBC News, 13th August 2022

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Man charged under Treason Act after crossbow incident at Windsor Castle – The Guardian

Posted August 3rd, 2022 in firearms, mental health, news, offensive weapons, royal family, treason by tracey

‘A 20-year-old man has been charged with a treason offence and making threats to kill the Queen, after he was arrested at Windsor Castle with a crossbow on Christmas Day last year.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2022

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Key information about adopting mother not shared before baby’s murder, report finds – The Guardian

‘Information about drinking, debts and mental health that could have prevented a baby boy being placed with an adopting mother who went on to murder him was not shared between agencies, an investigation has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2022

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Case against rugby union governing bodies on dementia destined for courts – The Guardian

‘A legal case involving a group of rugby players diagnosed with early-onset dementia and other irreversible neurological impairments now looks destined for the courts. Proceedings are to be issued by Rylands Law on behalf of a group of professional and semi-professional players against World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2022

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UK rape victim left feeling ‘suicidal’ after five-year wait for case to come to trial – The Guardian

‘A rape victim who will have been waiting five years by the time her case comes to court has said navigating the justice process has had a worse impact on her mental health than the crime itself, leaving her feeling “suicidal”.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2022

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Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust CQC rating: ‘requires improvement’ Published 1 hour ago – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2022 in hospitals, mental health, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The NHS trust that provides mental health services in Cornwall has been given a “requires improvement” rating by the official regulator.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2022

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Fulbourn Hospital: CQC not told about alleged ward sex assault – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2022 in hospitals, mental health, news, ombudsmen, racism, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Care Quality Commission (CQC) was not informed about an alleged serious sexual assault on a ward at a Cambridgeshire psychiatric unit, it has been revealed. Records relating to the alleged incident at Fulbourn Hospital had also gone missing, a CQC report said.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2022

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Treatment of UK prisoners during Covid meets UN definition of torture – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2022 in coronavirus, mental health, news, prisons, torture, United Nations by sally

‘By and large we know by now how hospitals, care homes, schools and most other state-run institutions coped, or didn’t, with the Covid pandemic. But not until now, with this shocking, distressing, authentic and academically robust study, have we had the unvarnished truth about conditions in UK prisons.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2022

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CPS launches Defendants strategy with pledge to focus on mental health, youth justice and disproportionality – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A commitment to fairness for all parties is at the heart of a new Defendants Strategy, launched today by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th July 2022

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Deprivations of liberty of 16-17 year olds and the streamline procedure – Local Government Lawyer

‘How should the Court of Protection approach applications to authorise the deprivation of liberty of a 16 or 17 year old? And when is the streamlined procedure appropriate? Alex Ruck Keene looks at the current position.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th July 2022

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What the Princess of Pop teaches us about Capacity – Belinda Cheney – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 11th, 2022 in Court of Protection, deputyship, human rights, mental health, news by tracey

‘I was gripped by the Britney Spears saga. This phenomenally successful pop star was deemed to lack capacity in relation to most aspects of her life and finances for more than 13 years allowing her father full control over her considerable fortune and her person and critically, she was unable to object until the “Free Britney” movement highlighted the rampant injustice of the situation. Only then was she was permitted to appoint her own lawyer and “freed”. In this we consider briefly the similarities and differences between the US conservatorship and the UK deputyship.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th July 2022

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Cwm Taf Morgannwg fined £850k after Maesteg patient death – BBC News

‘A health board has been fined £850,000 after a patient fell in the grounds of a hospital and died from her injuries after wandering from an unlocked ward.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2022

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