Family Law Week judgment summary: J, Re (Deprivation of Liberty: Hospital) [2022] EWFC 121

31 October 2022

Max Lansman summarises the judgment in J, Re (Deprivation of Liberty: Hospital) [2022] EWFC 121 for Family Law Week.

This was a deprivation of liberty case concerning a 13-year-old girl (J) with a diagnosis of ADHD and autism, complex needs and the subject of an interim care order.

The case considered the reasonableness of continuing to authorise her deprivation of liberty in hospital while a suitable placement for a child with complex needs was arranged.

Also the issue of reporting restrictions was addressed. Although the local authority applied for reporting restrictions to prevent publication of any information that would identify where J lives, including the local authority's name, Poole J considered there was a strong public interest in knowing the identity of the applicant local authority.

Read the full summary on Family Law Week.