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 court. The guide is accompanied by a glossary of the terms that are regularly used. Jakki has also written a more personal guide called “You’re going to a welfare hearing at the Court of Protection – what does this mean for you?.” These documents are not official documents, but we hope that they may be of help in ensuring that those who attend court know what it does, and how it does it. All of the documents can be found here.
Alongside these documents, it also helpful to flag the guide to remote hearings produced by the Transparency Project. It is designed for those attending family proceedings, but has practical information which may be equally useful to those attending hearings before the Court of Protection.