THE COURT OF PROTECTION

WHAT THE COURT OF PROTECTION DOES

The Court of Protection is a specialist Court that makes decisions for people who are unable to do so for themselves because they lack mental capacity.

The Court can also appoint someone (called a Deputy) to act for people who are unable to make their own decisions. These decisions are for issues involving the person’s property, financial affairs, health and personal welfare.

The Court of Protection can:

  • Decide whether a person is able (‘has capacity’) to make a particular decision for themselves

  • Make decisions on financial or welfare matters on behalf of people who are unable to do so

  • Appoint a Deputy to act for someone who is unable to make their own decisions

  • Remove Deputies or Attorneys who fail to carry out their duties

  • Decide whether a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney is valid

  • Hear cases concerning objections to the registration a Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney