In Re Z (Local Authority: Duty): FD 3 Dec 2004

Mrs Z suffered a terminal disease, and sought to travel to Switzerland supported and assisted by her husband, so that she could terminate her life. She appealed an injunction obtained by the authority to prevent her leaving.
Held: The authority had been supporting her. When circumstances came to their attention suggesting she had made a decision seriously against her interests, it was proper for them to investigate, and if appropriate report their concerns to the police. Though she was a vulnerable adult under the statutes, Mrs Z had full capacity, and it was not for them to intervene in this way. Mr Z might be putting himself at risk of a prosecution uunder the 1961 Act. The power to seek an injunction to prevent criminal activity did vest in a local authority, but the jurisdiction should be exercised only with the greatest caution. The authority had had no duty to apply for an injunction, and it was discharged.

Hedley J
[2004] EWHC 2817 (Fam), Times 09-Dec-2004, [2005] 3 All ER 280, [2005] 1 WLR 959, [2005] 1 FLR 740, [2005] 2 FCR 256, (2005) 84 BMLR 160, (2005) 8 CCL Rep 146
National Assistance Act 1948 29, National Health Service Act 1977, National Health and Community Care Act 1990, Suicide Act 1961 291), Local Government Act 1972 8222
England and Wales
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Local Government, Health

Updated: 26 January 2022; Ref: scu.221442