Overhauling Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

This week The Law Commission published its report and draft Bill intended to overhaul the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).  The proposed replacement will require advance authorisation of deprivation of liberty in all but truly urgent cases and there are calls for greater enforcement of penalties for non-compliance.

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New chair of the Scottish Inquiry into Child Abuse

The Scottish Government has now announced the appointment of Lady Smith, a Judge of the Court of Session, as the new chair of the Scottish Inquiry into Child Abuse. Lady Smith has been a Judge since 2001 and has sat in the Scottish Civil Appeal Court (the Inner House) since 2011, as well as being a President of the Scottish Tribunals and having played a lead role in the Scottish Partnership on Domestic Abuse.

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