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dc.contributor.authorWall, Jesse
dc.contributor.authorHerring, Jonathan
dc.date.available2019-04-08T02:09:55Z
dc.date.copyright2013
dc.identifier.citationWall, J., & Herring, J. (2013). Capacity to cohabit: Hoping 'everything turns out well in the end' PC v City of York [2013] EWCA Civ 478. Child & Family Law Quarterly, 25(4), 471-483.en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/9223
dc.description.abstractThe Court of Appeal decision in PC v City of York illustrates the complexity inconsistency and limits of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005) when applied to decisions about intimate relationships. In commenting on the judgment - which held that a woman with significant learning disabilities had the capacity to decide to cohabit with her husband who posed a significant risk to her - we wish to make two main observations. The first concerns how the MCA 2005 assesses capacity Although the Court of Appeal wisely held that assessment of the capacity to decide to cohabit ought to be 'person-specific', it set an overly stringent evidential requirement for establishing incapacity This evidential stringency concerns both the connection between mental impairment (MCA 2005, section 2) and inability to understand and use relevant information (MCA 2005, section 3), and the way in which the Court interpreted the expert evidence as 'outcome evidence'. The second observation concerns the human right to protection from violence. Given the obligations under international law to provide protection for vulnerable persons, and given the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection to provide protection beyond the provisions in the MCA 2005, it is extraordinary the Court of Appeal limited itself to the analysis of the MCA 2005 and did not consider the use of the inherent jurisdiction. We shall first summarise the decision before making our observations.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherLexis Nexisen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofChild & Family Law Quarterlyen_NZ
dc.subjectMental Capacityen_NZ
dc.subjectCohabitationen_NZ
dc.subjectMarriageen_NZ
dc.subjectVulnerable adulten_NZ
dc.subjectDomestic violenceen_NZ
dc.titleCapacity to Cohabit: Hoping ‘Everything Turns Out Well in the End’ PC v City of Yorken_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.date.updated2019-04-05T04:18:10Z
otago.schoolUniversity of Otago Faculty of Lawen_NZ
otago.relation.issue4en_NZ
otago.relation.volume25en_NZ
otago.bitstream.endpage483en_NZ
otago.bitstream.startpage471en_NZ
otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
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