UK court allows Alzheimer’s disease case to be reported
Wednesday 10 August 2011
As a legal first, Judge Mr Justice Ryder has allowed the reporting of Court of Protection case (which usually sits in private) whilst it is in progress.
Journalists were allowed into the hearing of a case concerning a family’s wish to care for SJ, their 92-year old father who has dementia and who the family believe has been unlawfully deprived of his liberty for nearly six months. In addition, the family claim that SJ has been denied contact with his son. The local authority dispute this, claiming that the father “lacks the mental capacity to make the decision over where he should live and has insisted he is better off in the care home.” The case continues.
For further information please see the article “Historic ruling in Alzheimer's care fight as judge rules we CAN tell you about widower forced to live in a home” in the Daily Mail newspaper at: