The Court of Protection has judged whether a woman in an induced coma due to Covid-19 should be allowed to die, against the wishes of her family.
The court is often challenged with difficult decisions that revolve around the concept of "best interests". To decide what this truly means is a challenging decision and one that carefully balances objectivity against the desire of those closest to the individual. The scales of justice are never more in view than when the decision relates to the life or death of the individual who lacks capacity.
If you are facing a dilemma about someone who lacks capacity then it is vital to take legal advice on how to deal with this, and whether the Court of Protection needs to be involved.
The judge considered the case at an urgent virtual hearing in the court of protection, where issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves are analysed