Medical treatment ‘not a deprivation of liberty’ Court rules

February 1, 2017 0 comments

human rights

Life-saving medical treatment cannot constitute a ‘deprivation of liberty’ the Court of Appeal has declared. The case concerned the death of a woman who had suffered from Down’s Syndrome and “severe” learning difficulties. She passed away in 2013 while in the intensive care department of Kings College Hospital, London. The disabled woman had been admitted…

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Personal attorney released from prison

December 6, 2016 0 comments

powers of attorney

The Court of Protection has ordered the release of a personal attorney from prison. Devon County Council v Kirk concerned her appeal against a six month sentence for contempt of court. She had been appointed joint personal attorney for ‘MM’, an elderly gentleman in his 80s who had developed dementia, taking on responsibility for both…

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Child who ran in front of a car to remain in care

November 14, 2016 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A mother who lost her daughter to the care system because she was thought to have lost control of the child has failed in a bid to overturn the ruling. In Re S (Children), social workers had grown concerned about the welfare of the girl, the middle child of three, who showed anger and aggression…

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Abuse findings set aside by the Court of Appeal

May 24, 2016 2 comments

family law

Findings that a 15 year-old and his father had sexually abused friends of the family do not stand up to scrutiny, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The boy, referred to as ‘A’, had been caught stealing sweets and batteries from a shop with three younger children in February last year. Following their arrest, the…

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No contact order for mother mistaken, Court of Appeal rules

January 29, 2016 4 comments

child contact

An acrimonious family dispute in which a judge failed to order contact between a mother and her teenage daughter must be reheard, the Court of Appeal has ruled. F (Children) concerned a cohabiting couple. They separated in January last year, with the mother initially leaving the two children, aged 13 and three, with the father…

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