Law Commission Mental Capacity Act and DoLS consultation paper published today

The Law Commission has published its consultation paper, Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty. The paper can be accessed here. http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/mental-capacity-and-deprivation-of-liberty/#related.The paper reviews the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (the DoLS) in England and Wales.

Chapter 9 focuses on Advocacy and the Relevant Person’s Representative. One of the provisional proposals presented in the paper is that the “provision of advocacy should be streamlined and consolidated across the Care Act and Mental Capacity Act (in its entirety), so that Independent Mental Capacity Advocates would be replaced by a system of Care Act advocacy and appropriate persons.

The consultation will run from 7th July until 2nd November 2015.

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