In UK law, adult individuals are presumed to be sufficiently competent to make decisions about their own life, and to face the consequences that follow. However, in some circumstances it may appear that an individual lacks the capacity necessary to make certain choices, particularly those that are complex and/or give rise to potentially grave outcomes.
SubjectsMental Health Law
How to cite this document:
(2011) Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983. Internal briefing document, Essex Autonomy Project: https://autonomy.essex.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/EAP-Briefing-Document-MCA-MHA-v-2.pdf