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The public inquiry into the pandemic

As is now well-known, the Government has confirmed that there will in due course be a public inquiry into the Covid 19 pandemic. It is said that this will take place in 2022 on the basis that the focus needs…

Mental Health Inquiry in Prisons Launched

The House of Commons Justice Committee has launched a mental health inquiry in prisons. Issues that have prompted the launch of the inquiry include a serious increase in the level of self-harm incidents in prisons and poor levels of information…

Dignity in Dying

On Wednesday 26 May 2021, a Private Member’s bill is due for its first reading in the House of Lords. Baroness Meacher, Chair of ‘Dignity in Dying’ has introduced the bill to propose legalised assisted dying. It will enable competent…

Further case law on long term section 17 leave

The use of long-term section 17 leave was very much discouraged following the creation of community treatment orders (“CTO”) pursuant to section 17A in 2007. Indeed section 17(2A) specifically provides that longer term section 17 leave (defined in section 17(2B) as…