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Duty of FULL disclosure when applying for a Reporting Restrictions Order
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust v William Verden (By His Litigation Friend, The Official Solicitor) and anor.  EWCOP 8 Feb 2022 (here)
Mrs Justice Arbuthnot has sent out a clear message to all parties in Court of Protection proceedings that, when applying for reporting restrictions, there is an expectation that a full account will be given to the judge of any media coverage that had already taken place.
Establishing the best interests of William Verden is an extremely challenging task from a clinical, ethical and legal standpoint. In early March ’22 a judge of the Court of Protection (‘CoP’) will decide whether this young man with moderate to severe learning disability, autism and ADHD, whose associated behavioural disturbances make it difficult for him to tolerate invasive medical procedures, should have the opportunity to undergo a kidney transplant that has at best a 50% prospect of success.
What brought the parties into court on 8 February was the question of whether William’s anonymity should be preserved by the standard Transparency Order (perhaps better described as a Reporting Restrictions Order or ‘RRO’) that had been made by a judge, on the papers, when this serious medical treatment case was issued.
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