The Supreme Court passed the rule that disabled people 'have right to liberty'
The Supreme Court overturned decisions by the Court of Appeal, to rule that three disabled people living in supported accommodation had been illegally deprived of their freedom under mental health legislation reports the BBC.
Charities had called for new guidance.
Mark Lever, chief executive of the National Autistic Society (NAS), said the ruling was "a victory for the rights of vulnerable people ".
Mind, which campaigns for people with mental illness, said the judgement provided "much-needed clarity on a hugely complicated issue".
Seven Supreme Court justices ruled that deprivation of liberty had to be authorised under the terms of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and living arrangements regularly checked.
The BBC believes ‘the judgement is likely to have far reaching consequences for thousands in similar circumstances.’
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