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Speech by Judge Mark Hinchliffe – Compulsory mental health treatment: When should judges get involved?

When I first came here, 30 years ago, Hong Kong was a different place entirely. In those days, as some of you may know, you could see people inside their apartments as you came in to land at the old airport. Today, Hong Kong has transformed itself, although some of the colonial legacy remains. You even have your waxworks on show in Madame Tussaud’s at the top of the Peak. In England, some people think we keep our waxworks in judicial wigs and gowns and sit them on the bench! And yet we’re changing too. The new President of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale, is the first woman to be appointed at that level. I gather she came here, recently, to speak. So you may be aware that she is a person with a strong interest in mental health law, and a strong commitment to securing the fairest and the most proportionate relationship between judges and mental health services that we can devise. That is tremendously good news for all of us in the UK.

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