We provided with the November issue a paper drafted by the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee relating to the effect of Civil Legal Aid (Financial Resources and Payment for Services) Regulations 2013 introduced in April 2013 on applications made under s.21A MCA 2005. We are pleased to be able to bring you news, courtesy of Richard Charlton, that a recent decision of Charles J and concessions by the Ministry of Justice to be recorded in that decision will – hopefully – resolve the central  problem that was caused by the Regulations, namely the apparent removal of non-means tested public funding in s.21A cases where the Court itself authorises the deprivation of liberty and the standard authorisation ceases to be in force.

We hope to able to bring you an approved note of the judgment of Charles J /a copy of the transcript in short order, but in the interim we want to ensure that the developments are given circulation as quickly as possible. To this end, we would refer readers to the following article in the Law Society Gazette.