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March 2009 chronology

See March 2009 update for a summary of these changes.

  • 26/03/09: New criminal law case added. R v Tabbakh [2009] EWCA Crim 464The judge was entitled to rule that it was open to the jury to draw adverse inferences from the fact that the appellant had not given evidence, and that the exception in s35(1)(b) Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (that it appears to the court that the physical or mental condition of the accused makes it undesirable for him to give evidence) did not apply to him even though he suffered from a mental health condition.§
  • 26/03/09: New criminal law case added. R v Stewart [2009] EWCA Crim 593‎
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  • 19/03/09: The Ministry of Justice published new guidance documents for (a) clinical supervisors and (b) social supervisors yesterday. See Ministry of Justice#Guidance
  • 18/03/09: New secondary legislation laid before Parliament on 2/3/09. Tribunal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2009 — Various amendments to the Tribunal Procedure (Upper Tribunal) Rules 2008 (and other Rules). In force 1/4/09.§
  • 16/03/09: New secondary legislation laid before Parliament on 11/3/09. Court of Protection Fees (Amendment) Order 2009 — This Order amends the Court of Protection Fees Order 2007, which set out the fees to be charged for matters coming to the Court of Protection, by abolishing the fee for a certified copy of a document and providing for an additional circumstance under which fees may be exempted (i.e. if the relevant person is in receipt of income-related employment and support allowance). In force 1/4/09.§
  • 16/03/09: New secondary legislation laid before Parliament on 11/3/09. Public Guardian (Fees, etc) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 — These Regulations, in amending the Public Guardian (Fees, etc) Regulations 2007, amend the fees to be charged for the services provided by the Public Guardian: the LPA fee is reduced from £150 to £120; a new fee for EPA and LPA office copies is introduced; the Deputy Assessment fee is reduced to £100; the Deputy Supervision fees remain, with an additional level of supervision Type IIA attracting a £350pa fee.§
  • 16/03/09: The LSC have re-issued their "Principles of mental health fees" guidance document. See Legal Aid.
  • 15/03/09: Old case added. Re Whitbread (No 1) (Habeas Corpus: Compulsory Admission) [1997] EWCA Civ 1944The ASW's [now AMHP's] consultation with the nearest relative under s11(4) can take place before his interview with the patient; the Act allowed for a flexible approach. Provided that the social worker explains to the NR that he is considering making an application and why, the NR will be afforded the necessary opportunity for objecting to the application.§
  • 13/03/09: New welfare benefits judgment handed down today. R (EM) v SSWP [2009] EWHC 454 (Admin)The Regulations which deprive of welfare benefits transferred prisoners (s47/49 and s45A patients until they would be entitled to release if in prison) are lawful; this is because there is enough of a relevant difference between them and civil/s37 patients to justify different treatment (i.e. they have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment to which they remain subject); in general, this applies all determinate and indeterminate sentence prisoners, including post-tariff lifers, technical lifers being the only exception because they had not been considered when the Regulations were drawn up and there is not enough of a relevant difference present.§
  • 12/03/09: New MCA judgment handed down today. Re J (Enduring Power of Attorney) [2009] EWHC 436 (Ch)An Enduring Power of Attorney appointing successive or alternative attorneys is valid if it is stated for each set of attorneys, in the event that they exercise the power, whether they must exercise it jointly or jointly and severally.§
  • 12/03/09: Secondary legislation laid before Parliament on 9/3/09. Community Legal Service (Financial) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 — These Regulations increase the financial eligibility limits for civil legal aid and ensure the non-means-tested provision of legal representation in certain ‘deprivation of liberty’ cases (s21A appeals). In force 1/4/09 (DOL funding) and 6/4/09 (uprating).
  • 12/03/09: On 11/03/09 the MoJ published their response to the "MCA 2005 forms, supervision and fees" consultation. See Consultations
  • 10/03/09: Secondary legislation laid before Parliament on 5/3/09. Care Quality Commission (Additional Functions) Regulations 2009 — These Regulations give the Care Quality Commission functions, previously exercised by the MHAC, in relation to reviewing decisions to withhold items brought to high secure hospitals, internal post in high secure hospitals and decisions to record or monitor telephone calls in high secure hospitals.
  • 10/03/09: On 6/3/09 the DH published "Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: A guide for family, friends and unpaid carers". See Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • 10/03/09: On 5/3/09 the DH published a Dear Colleague letter "The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DOLS)" - "This letter from David Nicholson outlines roles and responsibilities for health and social care providers under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards which 'go live' on 1 April." See Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • 10/03/09: On 6/3/09 the DH and OPG published "Making decisions: The Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) service" - "This document sets out the role and responsibilities of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This edition has been updated to reflect the requirements of the MCA and MCA DOLS legislation." See Independent Mental Capacity Advocate service
  • 05/03/09: The LSC guidance published yesterday is now under review again, presumably because the architects of the scheme have confused even themselves. While they are at it, maybe someone more than semi-literate at the LSC will correct the document's title.