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Mental health law briefing 212 – The new process for court-authorised deprivation of liberty

The new process for management of applications for a court-authorised deprivation of liberty in settings outside hospitals and care homes comes into force today, 17 November 2014.

The procedure is set out in a new Practice Direction and a new application form has been designed specifically.

In 2 judgments, Sir James Munby, President of the Court of Protection, has formulated a ‘streamlined’ process compatible with the requirements of Article 5 ECHR to enable the Court of Protection to deal with all DoL cases in a timely and just and fair way. In Re X and Others (Deprivation of Liberty) [2014] EWCOP 25 and 37 a broad framework is developed which is referred to as the “Re X Procedure” in correspondence from the Court of Protection to Court Users dated 6 November 2014.

The decisions of the President of the Court of Protection were given in the light of the Supreme Court decision in P v Cheshire West and Chester Council and P and Q v Surrey County Council [2014] UKSC 19.

A dedicated team will deal with applications made under the new process.

Julia Appleton
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