Legislation, Forms and Practice Directions

Coronavirus/COVID-19

Whilst increasingly less relevant, given the return (in many cases) to hearings in person, the Guidance from the Vice President of 31 March 2020 has still not formally been withdrawn.  Guidance on remote access to the Court of Protection, which includes a detailed protocol for remote hearings and a draft order.

A useful practical guide for litigants in person to remote hearings in family proceedings has been produced by the Transparency Project, much of which is applicable to cases before the Court of Protection.

The Court of Protection Bar Association issued guidance (approved by Hayden J) on 7 April 2020 as to effective conduct of remote hearings in the Court of Protection, available here (as updated 7 July 2020).

Statutory materials etc

The links here are provided in good faith; however, caution should always be exercised in ensuring that the version of the legislation or guidance is current as not all freely available official sources (such as legislation.gov.uk) are entirely up to date.

Primary Legislation

Secondary Legislation

Codes of Practice

COP forms and fees

Practice Guidance and Practice Notes

Court of Protection Practice Directions as of 1 December 2017 

Re X process

Accredited Legal Representatives

Details of the ALR scheme – and those who are accredited as ALRs – can be found here.   The Practice Note issued by the Law Society for those acting as ALRs can be found here (the Practice Note is free, but requires registration).

Previous Practice Directions (to 1 December 2017)

These are maintained here for historical / comparative purposes.

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