Local Authority v Z
• Hedley J: the presumption in favour of Mrs Z's competence might have
been rebutted if she was unable to "assimilate the issues, or fully appreciate
the consequences, or was being unduly influenced by the views of others or
by undue concern for the burden that her condition imposed on others".
• However, evidence: she was fully cognisant of these factors.
• Mr Z's proposal to help Mrs Z travel to Switzerland was considered by the
judge to be assisting a suicide.
Nevertheless, the judge found: no duty on the part of the authority to
prevent Mrs Z from travelling and the question of whether Mr Z should be
prosecuted was one for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).