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The Mental Capacity Act received Royal Assent on 7 April 2005. Some of the Act is due to come into effect in April 2007 and the rest commences in October 2007. The Department for Constitutional Affairs has published guidance to the Act which is available on http://www.dca.gov.uk/legal-policy/mental-capacity/index.htm. For guidance for family practioners by District Judge Gordon Ashton, Deputy Master of the Court of Protection, see March  Fam Law 231.
The Red Book is the acknowledged authority on practice and procedure