Pritchard-Jones, LG (2020) A LOCAL AUTHORITY V JB [2020] EWCA Civ 735 and A LOCAL AUTHORITY V AW [2020] EWCOP 24: RETHINKING SEXUAL CAPACITY? Medical Law Review, 29 (1). pp. 143-156. ISSN 1464-3790

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In A Local Authority v JB and A Local Authority v AW the Court of Appeal and Court of Protection respectively had to consider questions regarding decision making about sexual relationships. This case commentary suggests that both decisions are to be welcomed in many ways, not least in the primacy they give to the role of consent within sexual relationships. However, working through their implications also reveals a number of perplexing legal and practical binds that cannot easily be overcome, and that in fact stem from the way that the Mental Capacity Act 2005 itself works. In light of this, the commentary concludes by suggesting that it is likely that there will be continued dissatisfaction with this area of law, and hints that the time may have come to rethink sexual capacity.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: best interests, capacity, mental capacity, Mental Capacity Act 2005, safeguarding, sexual relationships
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2020 15:29
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2022 01:30

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