How might this right be relevant to my life?
Some examples when your right to liberty might be at risk include:
- Being restrained for long periods of time.
- Being told you are not allowed to leave or being physically prevented from leaving a place (like a care home or hospital) when you are not formally detained under mental health law, or have not had your deprivation of liberty authorised under relevant mental capacity law (which law depends on where you live in the UK).
- Being arrested without being given an explanation in a way that you understand.
- Being told to self-isolate in a restrictive environment to prevent the spread of infectious disease, e.g. remaining in one room for long periods of time.
- Significant delays or cancellations of hearings allowing you to challenge your detention.
You can ask the public official about their decision or action and ask them to tell you how it was lawful, legitimate and proportionate.
If you can think of a way to deal with this situation or decision that is less restrictive to you then you can raise it with the public official as the decision may not be proportionate.