David Hewitt is a solicitor and a partner in Weightmans LLP. He was a member of the Mental Health Act Commission for nine years and now holds visiting fellowships at Northumbria University and Lincoln University. He is a President of Mental Health Review Tribunals and sits on the editorial board of The Journal of Mental Health Law. He appeared as a witness before the joint Parliamentary committee on the draft Mental Health Bill of 2004.
CONTENTS:List of Abbreviations Used in this Book. Introduction. 1. The Recent History of the Nearest Relative. 2. The Nearest Relative of an Adult. 3. The Nearest Relative of some Minors. 4. Ceasing to be the Nearest Relative. 5. Admission and the Nearest Relative. 6. Discharge and the Nearest Relative. Appendix One. Statutory Extracts. Appendix Two. Regulations. Appendix Three. Specimen Document. Appendix Four. List of Legal Cases Cited. References. Subject index. Author index.
'''An excellent, comprehensive and thoughtful guide to the rights, powers, and duties of nearest relatives under the Mental Health Act. This is the definitive work on the subject.' - Phil Fennell, Professor of Law, Cardiff Law School 'This intelligent and comprehensive analysis is a welcome addition to the currently scant literature in this area.' - Journal of Mental Health Law 'There can hardly be a professional concerned with MeHA 1983 and its practical application in daily practice who will not benefit from having this book to hand...' - New Law Journal''