Changes to P&A deputyship applications from 1 January 2023 ā€“ updated (and a festive puzzle)

Posted onAuthorAlex RK

As part of the move to a new notification process will become the standard process for all Property and Affairs deputyship applications from 1 January 2023 (described here), HMCTS held a  Court of Protection drop in session on Monday 19 December 2022 to explain the new process  for making  property and affairs deputyship applications.  

recording of the session is now available to watch on the HMCTS YouTube channel.

Guidance referred to during the session can be found here:

  1. Setting up a payment by account for HMCTS online services
  2. Court of Protection forms and guidance page
  3. Information about the Court of Protection on GOV.UK

The digital submission process is planned to go live from 3rd January 2023 onwards from the main CoP page that will be updated with the process changes when they come in on 1st January.

And a festive puzzle ā€“ can you identify a coincidentally appropriate phrase from the Court of Protection Handbook on this origami flower produced by my daughter from a proof page?  No prizes, Iā€™m afraid, just a nerdy self-congratulatory warm glow.

Changes to P&A deputyship applications from 1 January 2023

From January 2023, the new upfront notification process will become the standard process for all Property and Affairs deputyship applications, following a successful pilot. A new Practice Direction and new Court of Protection forms will be available on gov.uk (and on this site).

New Property and Affairs Deputyship applications received by the court after 1 January 2023 must follow the new notification process using the new forms.
HMCTS is phasing the release of the online service. This means:

  • the online service will be available for solicitors/professional users to use from 2 January 2023.
  • personal applicants will be able to pay and apply online from February 2023

From 1 February 2023, Property and Affairs Deputyship applications that do not follow the new upfront notification process will be returned to the applicant.

For more details, see the letter from HMCTS here.