Mr Justice Charles in the Court of Protection has placed responsibility on the government to ensure that those whose liberty is being considered by the Court have appropriate legal representation.
Commenting on the judgment, the Law Society's president, Jonathan Smithers, said: 'When a vulnerable person doesn't have friends or family to represent them during a decision to restrict their liberty, it is vital that person is able to participate in the decision-making process. 'If this is not possible then they must have a legal representative to protect their rights as well as their health and general welfare.'Smithers continued: 'We recognise that the Court of Protection, local authority, and government budgets are stretched. But those who are least able to defend themselves should not be sacrificed on the altar of austerity.