This site accompanies Court of Protection Handbook.
On this site, you will find links to relevant statutory materials
and other guidance
that space precluded us from including in the appendices, precedent orders
covering most of the most common situations that arise before the Court, useful (free) web resources
, and updates on practice and procedure before the Court of Protection. These updates take the form of posts on the site’s blog
, and also (where relevant) updates
cross-referenced to the relevant paragraphs in the book.
Sat, 01 Aug 2020 10:36:11 +0000
The quarterly update on the COPH website to the third edition of the Handbook is now out, bringing the book up-to-date to 1 August 2020. The next update will be due on 1 November 2020 (and if people ask very nicely, the good people at Legal Action Group and the authors may even be … Continue reading "Court of Protection Handbook – August 2020 Quarterly Update"
Wed, 08 Jul 2020 14:14:06 +0000
With thanks to Victoria Butler-Cole QC, upon whose excellent 2013 work we have built, a small team comprising her, Sarah Castle (the Official Solicitor), Jakki Cowley (an IMCA), and Alex Ruck Keene has produced a basic guide to the Court of Protection for lay people who may be going to court, or may be attending … Continue reading "Basic guide to the Court of Protection and glossary"
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:35:29 +0000
[Even though COVID-19 may be making everyone rethink how conventional proceedings unfold in the Court of Protection, it does – or should not – detract from the importance of mediation. We are very pleased to host here a guest post by Alex Troup of St John’s Chambers, Bristol, outlining his experience as a mediator under … Continue reading "The Court of Protection mediation scheme in practice"
Fri, 22 May 2020 17:20:29 +0000
Senior Judge Hilder and the Operations Manager of the Court of Protection have provided an update on the court’s performance and activities during the COVID-19 outbreak, and work being done to assist practitioners. The letter (dated 21 May 2020) can be found here.
Mon, 18 May 2020 11:38:18 +0000
In Re SF (Injunctions)  EWCOP 19, Keehan J was concerned with a young woman, SF, who had a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and also had learning disabilities. She resided in a supported living establishment where she received 1:1 support 24 hours per day. In September 2019 the care and support provider became aware … Continue reading "The Court of Protection, injunctions and persons unknown"
Thu, 14 May 2020 09:02:31 +0000
The Vice-President of the Court of Protection, Hayden J, has written to Directors of Adult Social Services (in a letter which can be shared more widely) to highlight a number of key points relating to the operation of the MCA 2005 in the context of COVID-19 and care homes. The wide-ranging letter takes in remote … Continue reading "The Court of Protection, care homes, the rule of law and deprivation of liberty"
Tue, 05 May 2020 10:06:35 +0000
Hayden J has published a letter (4 May) providing an update upon the steps taken by the Court of Protection to respond to the pandemic, and, in particular, the work of the Hive group since its establishment in late March 2020 across the full spectrum of the Court’s work.
Fri, 01 May 2020 09:52:50 +0000
The quarterly update to the Court of Protection Handbook (1 May 2020) is now online, available here. It builds on the previous update (1 February 2020) to provide a comprehensive updating to the text of the third edition of the book, and includes both the key materials relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the … Continue reading "Court of Protection Handbook Quarterly Update – May 2020"
Fri, 01 May 2020 08:32:51 +0000
In two decisions handed down on 30 April 2020, Re A (Children) (Remote Hearings)  EWCA Civ 583 and Re B (Children) (Remote Hearing : Interim Care Order)  EWCA Civ 584, the Court of Appeal undertook a stock-take of the position in relation to remote hearings. Both were decided by Sir Andrew McFarlane, the … Continue reading "Remote hearings – the Court of Appeal’s stock-take"
Wed, 29 Apr 2020 15:09:58 +0000
The Court of Protection will be giving the following instructions in relation to telephone hearings at First Avenue House, responding to uncertainties as to responsibilities and costs. They are to be read with the Guidance on Remote Hearings published by the Vice-President on 31 March 2020. Dear All, Please find below dial in details … Continue reading "Court of Protection telephone hearings at First Avenue House"