Following the case of AH, in which the Court of Appeal expressed the “pressing need” for guidance in relation to judicial visits, the Vice-President of the Court of Protection has issued guidance on 10 February about such visits. In it, he sets out principles to apply and practicalities required to give effect to those principles. He has also taken the opportunity to re-issue (and, indeed, to get onto Bailii) guidance previously issued by the former Vice-President in 2016, which covers a wider range issues relating to participation of P and vulnerable persons in the Court of Protection. The guidance can be found here.
The quarterly online update to the Court of Protection Handbook is now available, covering key practice and procedure updates to the text of the main volume. It includes coverage of the decision in JB – the Supreme Court takes on capacity – and of AH – judicial visits, as well as other significant developments since November 2021. We have also updated our precedent letter of instruction to an expert to report upon capacity in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in JB.