Hertfordshire County Council v AB

Mental Health – Deprivation of liberty. The Family Division extended its inherent jurisdiction to authorise the deprivation of the respondent's liberty pursuant to the conditions of his discharge from a hospital order pursuant to the Mental Health Act 1983. Although the respondent's consent to a deprivation of liberty was not lawful, it was in his interests and in the interests of the general public as a whole, to authorise the extension of the inherent jurisdiction so as to regularise a care plan involving a deprivation of liberty.

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