Court of Protection priorities during COVID-19

HMCTS has issued its family business priorities for April 2020, i.e. what work must be done, what work will be done, and what work HMCTS will do its best to do.  In relation to the Court of Protection, they are divided as follows:

Must be done 

  • Urgent applications
  • Applications under Mental Capacity Act 2005, s 16A and s 21A
  • Serious medical treatment cases
  • Deprivation of Liberty
  • Form COP1 Statutory Wills – where person is near end of life.
  • Safeguarding applications via the Office of the Public Guardians

Work that will be done

  • Gatekeeping and allocation referrals –care
  • Gatekeeping and allocation referrals – private
  • Other family care orders/documents/emails
  • Court of Protection – welfare cases

Work that “we will do our best to do”

  • Court of Protection –property and affairs