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Court of Protection Handbook: a user’s guide
Alex Ruck-Keene, Kate Edwards, Anselm Eldergill and Sophy Miles
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Second edition |  January 2017  | 936pp
ISBN: Pb 978 1 908407 88 7

Court of Protection Handbook: a user’s guide addresses in detail the practice and processes of the Court of Protection – across the whole range of its work – in terms that are aimed not only at lawyers but also to the increasing numbers of people who either by choice or otherwise are involved in proceedings before the Court of Protection without legal help.

'[The Court of Protection Handbook] is a very practical guide, written by those whose expert knowledge of the law and procedure of the Court of Protection is more than matched by their deep understanding, based on experience, of the realities of how the Court of Protection works … It should be in the hand of every practitioner and, more particularly, of every lay user of the Court of Protection.' Sir James Munby, President of the Court of Protection, from his foreword 

'In a league of its own … It can truly be said this book is a further step in the COP's revolution - with the court's door now just a little more open.' Richard Charlton, President of the Mental Health Lawyers Association 

'The authors of this Handbook are at the centre of the work done by the Court of Protection and its ad hoc Rules Committee ... Its second edition, like the first, is therefore based on cutting edge experience of the work of the Court of Protection.' Sir William Charles, Vice-President of the Court of Protection

The book begins with an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Court of Protection, before turning to a step-by-step guide through the processes of preparing and making an application, funding and representation issues, preparing for and appearing at hearings, evidence, costs, enforcement and appeals.

Court of Protection Handbook is comprehensive yet accessible. Complex issues are explained clearly and succinctly with the helpful use of tables and other diagrams. This edition includes helpful flowcharts on property and affairs, health and welfare and DOLS applications. More practical guidance has been provided on facilitating the role of 'P' and the role of experts in the Court with contributions from a psychiatrist and an independent consultant nurse.

The main text is supported by a wealth of supplementary materials: legislation, the consolidated Rules and Pilot Rules, guidance, sample statements and letters and useful addresses.

The authors are widely recognised as leading specialists in Court of Protection work, with an unrivalled breadth of experience. Three are practitioners who have represented clients in cases involving the Mental Capacity Act up to and including the Supreme Court, and the fourth is one of the most highly respected judges of the Court of Protection. They also write, teach and train extensively on the Mental Capacity Act and the Court of Protection, and are all at the centre of development of law and procedure in the court, including the creation and implementation of the new Case Management Pilot.

There is an accompanying website  courtofprotectionhandbook.com with updates on practice and procedure and additional legislation, guidance and resources.

Read the preface.

Read the biographies of the authors

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