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SECRET COURTS AND PUBLIC GUARDIANS – AREN’T WE LUCKY?

By ATWadmin On October 25th, 2009

“Secret court seizes £3.2bn from elderly… and even forces furious families to pay to access own bank account” says the MoS.

A secret court is seizing the assets of thousands of elderly and mentally impaired people and turning control of their lives over to the State – against the wishes of their relatives.

The draconian measures are being imposed by the little-known Court of Protection, set up two years ago to act in the interests of people suffering from Alzheimer’s or other mental incapacity.

The court hears about 23,000 cases a year – always in private – involving people deemed unable to take their own decisions. Using far-reaching powers, the court has so far taken control of more than £3.2billion of assets.

How lucky are we that the all-loving benevolent state is caring for us? This lucky:

The cases involve civil servants from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), which last year took £23million in fees directly from the bank accounts of those struck down by mental illness, involved in accidents or suffering from dementia.

Oh great, we now have an ‘Office of Public Guardian’. Where do I report for my morning exercises?

Thanks, Labour voters. The standard advice applies.

3 Responses to “SECRET COURTS AND PUBLIC GUARDIANS – AREN’T WE LUCKY?”

  1. Any Court sitting in PRIVATE is an abomination. Justice must be seen to be done.

  2. Does anyone else find this more than a little frightening!?

  3. That article was a *very* weak piece of journalism. The Court of Protection has been around for hundreds of years. They used to be able to seize people’s money, but they can’t any more. That was stopped under the present government. All of this information is in the public domain, if you can be bothered to look.