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Court sets out approach to addressing questions of capacity in deprivation of liberty cases

United Kingdom - November 5 2012 The recent Court of Protection judgment in the case of CC v KK and STCC is a very useful and detailed analysis of the approach to be taken when addressing capacity issues.

Helen Burnell, Jill Mason.

Mental health: review of deaths in custody of mentally ill

United Kingdom - October 15 2012 Scotland Yard has launched a review, chaired by Lord Adebowale, the Chief Executive of the charity Turning Point, of cases in which people with a mental illness have died or been seriously hurt whilst in police custody.

DOLS: dhDH funding factsheet

United Kingdom - October 15 2012 The DH has now published the DOLS funding factsheet 2013/14 which announces the funding for new local authority responsibilities for assessing and authorising a deprivation of liberty in a hospital setting.

Helen Burnell.

Challenge to seclusion policy on the basis of human rights

European Union, United Kingdom - September 17 2012 Following an unsuccessful application to the House of Lords, Colonel Munjaz (a patient detained under the Mental Health Act 1983) challenged the legality of Ashworth Hospital’s seclusion policy on the grounds that it violated his human rights as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.

NHS Information Centre published its annual report on DOLS assessments

United Kingdom - September 17 2012 On 17 July 2012, the NHS Information Centre published its annual report on DOLS assessments.

Jill Mason.