50% of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards cases breaching legal timescales

Community Care, 1 October 2014

More than half of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Dols) cases are breaching legal timescales for completion after a landmark Supreme Court ruling in March triggered a nine-fold rise in monthly referrals to councils, a Community Care investigation has found…

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‘Streamlined deprivation of liberty process risks rubber-stamping local authority decisions’

Community Care, 11 August 2014

Sir James Munby, President of the Court of Protection, has ruled that the court’s system for handling deprivation of liberty cases can be ‘streamlined’ so that initial decisions are made on paper evidence alone without the need for an oral hearing…

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