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Deprivation of liberty reform - request for comment

13 February 2018

As you may have already heard, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has launched an investigation into deprivation of liberty, and in particular is inviting views on the law Commission’s proposals (see our resources hub here).

Submissions of up to 1,500 words are invited on:

  • whether the Law Commission’s proposals for Liberty Protection Safeguards strike the correct balance between adequate protection for human rights with the need for a scheme which is less bureaucratic and onerous than the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard
  • whether the government should proceed to implement the proposals for Liberty Protection Safeguards as a matter of urgency
  • whether a definition of deprivation of liberty for care and treatment should be debated by Parliament and set out in statute.

The deadline is 2 March 2018, and you can reply here.

No doubt this may help to inform the formal government response to the law Commission proposals, which is expected shortly, and we trust that you will have plenty to say!

If it is easier for you, we would be pleased to collate and submit a response of comments from our clients and contacts, if you’d like to drop me a line with this, which we can do on an attributable/anonymised basis, as you prefer.  Please do get in touch if you’d like to discuss this.

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