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Review of the Operation of ss.135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in England and Wales - April 2014
My heart bleeds when I see vulnerable patients being represented very badly
Do Tribunals love CTOs as much as Psychiatrists do? Part 2
Do Tribunals love CTOs as much as Psychiatrists do?
Patients' experiences of the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health)

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CTOs Tribunal MP v Mersey Care NHS Trust [2011] UKUT 107 (AAC
Legal aid cuts, Reform of legal aid, House of Commons Justice Committee Report
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Review of Mental Health Legislation
RN v CC (2011) UKUT x (AAC, CTOs
S.2, Mental Health Act, Mental Health Law, Tribunal, Application, Tammy Groves,R (Modaresi) v SSH
Zombification, Tony Zigmond, Increase in Admissions under the Mental Health Act 1983, CTOs
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Legal aid cuts, Reform of legal aid, House of Commons Justice Committee Report

My heart bleeds when I see vulnerable patients being represented very badly

We received a letter today from a local Trust.  This said that they have been receiving requests from patients about the qualifications of legal representatives advertising their services for Tribunal representation, and whether they are members of the Law Society Panel.  TheTrust was seeking further information to be supplied to them so that their patients could "make an informed choice" about the person who would be representing them at their Mental Health Review Tribunal.
 

The Death Of Legal Aid?

Today theHouse of Commons Justice Committee  reporton the “Government's proposed reform of legal aid” was published. It makes sombre reading.
 
In short, the Government intends to reduce the money spent on “legal aid” by £350 million  a year, primarily by taking certain areas of law outside the scope of legal aid, and by reducing the level of fees paid to providers.
 
In relation to the former proposal, the categories of law which may soon fall outside the legal aid scheme includes clinical negligence, consumer law, education, debt, employment and welfare benefits.
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