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The information medical professionals are given and the way they are instructed is essential to ensuring that their evidence is relevant and stands up to scrutiny, says Sofia Tayton 

24 September 2014

“The Court of Protection was set up under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to give social workers and lawyers the power to take over the lives of people, most of them elderly, who are ruled not to be capable of looking after their own affairs.”

This quote, taken verbatim from a recent article on the case of LB Redbridge v G, C and F, shows the negative light that those of us who work with Court of Protection matters are presented in. The article in question was in a major national newspaper, and the writer sprinkled his text with phrases like “secretive court”, “sorry mess”, “regardless of her wishes”, “emerged from the shadows”. It doesn’t sound much like the system most of us work in, which isn’t perfect, but is hardly run by Bond villains.

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