In P (by the Official Solicitor) v Cheshire West & Chester Council, and P & Q (by the Official Solicitor) v Surrey County Council the Supreme Court has today declared that three severely mentally disable people who were placed in community living arrangements by local authorities are deprived of their liberty, thereby coming within the protections of Article 5 of the European Convention. This reverses decisions of the Court of Appeal. From now on, in order to determine whether people in similar situations are deprived of their liberty the question is: whether they were under the continuous supervision and control of the authorities and are not free to leave. This decision has implications for many thousands of mentally incapacitated people in England and Wales who may now have effective legal protections.
Simon Burrows acted for P in the Cheshire West case from first instance to the Supreme Court.
View a more detailed summary
Please click here for the link to the judgment ( http://supremecourt.uk/decided-cases/docs/UKSC_2012_0068_Judgment.pdf_)
Have We Got Planning News for You: S3 Ep2 with Special Guest Stephen Hunt MRTPI,…
Limitation and Mistakes of Law - how does the law apply now ?
© Copyright 2021 Kings Chambers. All rights reserved.
Continue using site