Court of Protection guidance

Telephone issues

Users telephoning the Court of Protection may find that calls are being routed to other organisations. Engineers are investigating the problem. Please send urgent enquiries via email to courtofprotectionenquiries@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk


The Court of Protection is a specialist court for all issues relating to people who lack capacity to make specific decisions. The Court makes decisions and appoints deputies to make decisions in the best interests of those who lack capacity to do so.

Information on the work of the court including:

  • Its powers
  • Fees
  • Making applications
  • Appointing deputies
  • Reaching a decision
is available on GOV.UK.

The work of the Court is governed by the Court of Protection Rules and Practice Directions

The Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2011

Court of Protection Rules

Court of Protection Practice Directions

Making urgent and Fast Track Applications

Court of Protection Listing Policy 

Deprivation of Liberty Applications

From 17 November 2014 a streamlined process for applications is available using form COPDOL10  

Practice Direction 10AA provides more information

HM Courts & Tribunals Service

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