Chapter 4. Scenarios A: Capacity

  1. Bridgit Dimond

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470697665.ch4a

Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity

Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity

How to Cite

Dimond, B. (2008) Scenarios A: Capacity, in Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470697665.ch4a

Author Information

  1. Emeritus Professor, University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405133593

Online ISBN: 9780470697665



  • mental capacity;
  • decisions;
  • cerebral palsy;
  • speech therapy;
  • mental capacity act 2005


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Presumption of capacity

  • Stage 1 An impairment or disturbance?

  • Explanation of ‘appropriate to his circumstances’

  • An unwise decision

  • Functional approach to capacity

  • Intermittent capacity

  • Use of experts in determining if the requisite capacity exists

  • Dispute over the assessment

  • Assessment of capacity in an everyday situation

  • Conclusions

  • References