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Court of Appeal 'redefine' Liberty

The Court of Appeal Judgement in Cheshire West and Chester v P appears to redefine the concept of deprivation of liberty to exclude disabled people, in effect depriving anyone locked up by social services on the basis of an *alleged* disability of safeguards and appeal rights.

This judgment has been criticised in this excellent article by Sam Smith - along with many others including Community Care magazine , 39 Essex Street Chambers and the Mental Health Alliance .

I have argued for the reform of the Court of Protection for some time - and this judgement only underscores the serious problems with the system.

The Mental Health Alliance will be proposing options for reform in a forthcoming report and it is to be hoped the Department of Health listens. This is one of the most pressing issues facing this country today. Extract from the report here.


Will Benson said…
Ahhhh, the great Munby. According to the CofA it is now okay for a husband, if he belives his wife to be suffering from a serious loss of global cognitive ability (he doesn't even have to be a doctor), to lock her up and yet not be depriving her of her liberty. Blow the rule of law, due process, Magna Carta and ECHR!

These judges are becoming more and more absurd each decade.
Anajinn said…
It needs to be two psychiatrists with no exceptions. This is a horror show and unbelievable in this day and age.
Anajinn said…
It needs to be the signature of two psychiatrists for deprivation of liberty with no exception whatsoever. This is a horror show from pre Victorian times and it must stop.
Grandma B said…
This is symptomatic of how the vulnerable are treated - particularly when they have substantial assets. The Office of the Public Guardian colludes in defrauding them of their assets and the Minsitry of Justice turns a blind eye to this. For one story of many, google "The Abuse of Grandma B"
Jake Maverick said…
it doesn't take any signatures or any psychoanalysts.....

Try watching 'The lives of Others'---- and see how different thatis to modern day UK, apart from the technology.....

death is preferable to being taken alive again!
Jake Maverick said…
so what act of Parliament legalised discriminating against disabled people? this crime? where can i check such document and have it independently verified?
or if there is no such thing why has this judge not (presumably) been prosecuted?
protected by royal charter as well?
and what abou those yobos that work at railway stations? not talking about the one's that keep attacking me....but what abut the assault on a disabled friend of mine? just attacked her/ dragged her off the train because he was too lazy to go fetch the ramp (it was pre booked) witnessed by couple of suspected pigyobs as well, who just watched....if i had intervened/ defended her i no doubt would been labelled the criminal...or chemically labotimised and worse again if i had manged to kill one of the pigyobs when they attacked me/ knocked one under a train (for a change)....none of that would actually be legal either would it? impossible to know but i suspect it is might still be legal to defend oneself/ others...
and as for tribunal...still waiting for mine, coming up six years now!
Jake Maverick said…
pre-emptive legal is that John?!

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