Police officer guilty of misconduct over handling of mental health patient who died in custody – The Independent

‘A police sergeant who failed to properly assess a “vulnerable” woman in his custody who later died is guilty of gross misconduct.’

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The Independent, 12th October 2021

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Seeing wellbeing as a weakness must change for all our sakes – Family Law

Posted October 13th, 2021 in barristers, family courts, mental health, news by tracey

‘Earlier this year we did a chambers wide audit of mental health and wellbeing and provided a wellbeing workshop for barristers and staff. I have been in practice for nearly thirty years and the mantra “work comes first” dominates my work ethic. I know this has been to my detriment. For example, going to court on the morning my father died because I couldn’t let the court down.’

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Family Law, 8th October 2021

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Homelessness – renewed applications and overlooked facts – Nearly Legal

‘This was a judicial review of Westminster’s refusal to accept a third homelessness application from Ms Ibrahim, following a review decision upholding a decision that she was intentionally homeless, and a rejection of a second application.’

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Nearly Legal, 10th October 2021

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Are asylum suicides an unfolding national tragedy? – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2021 in asylum, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by sally

‘After fleeing his native Eritrea as a child and living for years as a refugee, Henok Zaid Gebrsslasie hoped to make a life for himself in the UK. Aged 23, he was found dead at a mental health facility in Coventry, West Midlands, and is thought to have taken his own life. His death is one of a growing number among young asylum seekers which a charity said could just be the “tip of the iceberg”.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2021

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Research Briefing: Powers of attorney and other decision-making powers – House of Commons Library

‘This Commons Library briefing paper deals with powers of attorney and other ways of authorising someone to make a decision for another person in England and Wales.’

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House of Commons Library, 6th October 2021

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School’s failure to monitor internet use contributed to teenage girl’s suicide, coroner rules – The Independent

‘A school’s failure to sufficiently monitor the internet activity of an autistic teenage girl “contributed” to her suicide, a coroner has concluded.’

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The Independent, 7th October 2021

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Reading stabbings: Khairi Saadallah to appeal sentence – BBC News

‘A man who stabbed three men to death in a Reading park is seeking permission to appeal his whole-life jail term.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2021

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Short jail terms fail to prevent reoffending, says former England and Wales magistrate – The Guardian

‘Criminals in England and Wales are being jailed for short terms that fail to prevent reoffending because of a lack of awareness and availability of community-based sentencing, a leading former magistrate has said.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2021

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High Court judge approves bespoke placement in case where he had declined to authorise continued deprivation of liberty of 12 year old in psychiatric admissions unit – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 1st, 2021 in care homes, children, detention, hospitals, local government, mental health, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge who last week refused to exercise the inherent jurisdiction to authorise the continued deprivation of the liberty of a 12-year-old child (LT) in an acute psychiatric admission unit for adolescents, has since authorised her deprivation of liberty in an empty children’s home found by the local authority, it has emerged.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th September 2021

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Judge refuses to authorise deprivation of liberty of vulnerable 12-year-old girl in acute psychiatric admissions unit, despite lack of alternative accommodation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 29th, 2021 in children, detention, hospitals, housing, local government, mental health, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has declined to find that it was in the best interests of a 12-year-old girl (LT), who does not have a psychiatric condition requiring hospitalisation, to be deprived of her liberty on an acute psychiatric admission unit.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th September 2021

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Illegality in Clinical Negligence Claims – Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog

Posted September 23rd, 2021 in illegality, mental health, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A man with longstanding mental health issues walks into a pub with a can of petrol and a knife. He proceeds to pour the petrol on himself and says he is going to burn the pub down. The police are called, he is arrested and whilst in police custody, he undergoes a Mental Health Act assessment. It is alleged that the assessors negligently fail to recommend transfer to a secure psychiatric unit. The man alleges that he suffered an exacerbation of his mental health as a result of being transferred to a medium secure prison where he witnessed various unpleasant acts that he would not have witnessed in a secure psychiatric unit.’

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Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog, 22nd September 2021

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Injunction for re-entry and balance of convenience. – Nearly Legal

Posted September 15th, 2021 in appeals, housing, injunctions, landlord & tenant, mental health, news, repossession by tracey

‘Mahandru v Nielson (2021) EWHC 2297 (QB). An appeal of a County Court decision to refuse an interim injunction for re-entry in a claim for illegal eviction.’

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Nearly Legal, 12th September 2021

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Cancelling a debt moratorium – some issues – Nearly Legal

Posted September 15th, 2021 in civil procedure rules, debts, housing, landlord & tenant, mental health, news, repossession by tracey

‘Axnoller Events Ltd v Brake & Anor (mental health crisis moratorium) (2021) EWHC 2308 (Ch). I’m not going into any detail on the background to this judgment. It forms part of what has been by any measure truly epic litigation, which has yet to culminate in a possession trial on one property and an eviction trial on another property (with the parties’ roles reversed). If you have several days to spare, the many and varied previous judgments are worth a read, not least as offering intermittent lessons in how not to litigate. However, this is the first judgment dealing with debt moratoria and applications (or claims) to cancel a moratorium under the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 so it is of considerable interest.’

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Nearly Legal, 12th September 2021

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Court of Appeal agrees to hear appeal by Health Secretary in dispute over interpretation of ‘ordinary residence’ and s.117 Mental Health Act – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has granted the Department of Health and Social Care permission to appeal a key ruling on the issue of ‘ordinary residence’ for the purposes of s.117(3) of the Mental Health Act.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st August 2021

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New training needed for police after children and mentally ill people Tasered, watchdog warns – The Independent

‘Police must be trained to use Tasers only when “absolutely necessary”, a watchdog has said after a review found the weapons were being used against children and mentally ill people.’

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The Independent, 26th August 2021

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Families urge ban on English police Taser use against people in distress – The Guardian

Posted August 26th, 2021 in mental health, news, police, weapons by sally

‘The families of people who died after being Tasered by police in England have called for a ban on the use of electrical weapons against people in mental health crises.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2021

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PDS employee dismissed after work with murderer awarded £100k – Legal Futures

‘The Public Defender Service (PDS) has been ordered to pay £100,000 in compensation to an employee unfairly dismissed after suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to her work debriefing a murderer.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd August 2021

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Police powers: detention and custody – House of Commons Library

Posted August 20th, 2021 in custody, detention, investigatory powers, mental health, news, parliament, police by sally

‘This Commons Library briefing paper describes police detention powers and outlines a recent history of their reform. It also describes the police custody estate.’

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House of Commons Library, 19th August 2021

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Coroner in Plymouth gunman case requests review of weapons licensing – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2021 in coroners, firearms, inquests, licensing, mental health, murder, news, offensive weapons by sally

‘The coroner overseeing the case of the Plymouth gunman, Jake Davison, who killed his mother and four other people, has asked a watchdog to examine whether changes to weapons licensing have been made since a man shot dead three women in the north of England almost 10 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2021

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Mental health crisis ends in cells for too many, snapshot suggests – BBC News

Posted August 20th, 2021 in custody, detention, hospitals, mental health, news, police, statistics by sally

‘Up to 4,500 people in mental health crisis were unlawfully held in police custody in England and Wales in a year, previously unpublished data suggests.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2021

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