Blackstone's Guide to the Mental Capacity ACT 2005
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Blackstone's Guide to the Mental Capacity ACT 2005

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Blackstone's Guide

1. The Mental Capacity Act 2005: The Basic Structure ; Introducing the Mental Capacity Act 2005 ; Making Decisions on Behalf of People who Lack Capacity ; Planning for Incapacity ; The Building Blocks: the Act, the Code of Practice, Rules, and Guidance ; The Way Ahead ; 2. The Legislative History and the Role of the Common Law ; The Demise of Parens Patriae and the Legal Lacuna ; The Development of the Common Law ; The Law Commission Proposals and the Road to Legislative Reform ; 3. An Overview of the Statute ; The Legislative Structure and the Code of Practice ; The Overall Picture ; The Principles ; The Meaning of Incapacity ; Best Interests ; A General Defence in Civil and Criminal Law, and Contracts for Necessary Goods and Services ; Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) ; The Powers of the Court and Appointment of Deputies ; Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment ; Research Relating to People Lacking Capacity ; Ill-Treatment or Neglect of Persons Lacking Capacity ; 4. Deprivation of Liberty of People Lacking Capacity: The 2007 Amendments ; Introduction ; Overview of the 2007 Amendments ; Deprivation of Liberty ; Qualifying Requirements ; Safeguards ; 5. Rough Edges? ; Enforcement ; Minors ; End of Life Decisions ; The Human Rights Act ; Interface with the Mental Health Act ; Continuation of the Common Law? ; APPENDICES ; Appendix 1: Mental Capacity Act 2005 ; Appendix 2: Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice ; Appendix 3: The Lasting Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Public Guardian Regulations 2007 ; Appendix 4: Court of Protection Rules 2007
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 introduced new powers allowing a variety of important decisions to be taken on behalf of persons lacking mental capacity. This edition has been updated to take account of the Mental Health Act 2007, Codes of Practice to the MCA 2005, Court of Protection Rules, features expanded analysis of the Bournewood decision.