Court Funds Office
The Court Funds Office (CFO) provides a banking and administration service for the civil courts throughout England and Wales, including the High Court. This includes providing a service for people who are unable to make decisions about their own finances or deputies appointed to make decisions on their behalf.
Further information can be found on the Court Funds Office frequently asked questions (PDF 0.4mb)
Who this section is for
- People acting on behalf of Court of Protection clients
- Solicitors and legal advisers
What’s in this section
- Special and basic accounts
- Children’s accounts
- Payments into and out of Court of Protection accounts
- Tax and interest
- Account statements
Members of the public
If you are a member of the public and require information about the Court Funds Office, you can find it on Directgov.
The Accountant General of the Senior Courts is responsible for the proper control of all money paid into court. Our clients are people who have money 'held in court'. These can be:
- Children awarded damages as a result of civil legal action in a county court in England or Wales or the High Court of Justice
- Clients who lack the capacity to manage their financial affairs, leading to the Court of Protection appointing a Deputy to legally act on their behalf.
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- Cases where money is held in court pending settlement of civil court action, dissenting shareholders, widows, and other clients whose funds are held under a variety of different statutes
Our work is governed by the Administration of Justice Act (AJA) and Court Funds Rules, which gives us the authority to accept and hold payments into court until we are instructed to pay them out.
Please note: any requests for payment of monies for the benefit of the child before their 18th birthday, or for the person who lacks capacity at any stage, must be made directly to the local Court responsible for administering the fund.
CFO's role is to administer funds paid into court, we can only act upon courts instructions, and in line with our agreed and set investment framework.
Mental Capacity Act 2005 - 1st October 2007
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 for England and Wales received Royal Assent on 7 April 2005 and came into effect on 1 October 2007. The Act affects everyone aged over 16 and provides a statutory framework to empower and protect people who may not be able to make some decisions for themselves, for example, people with dementia, learning disabilities, mental health problems, stroke or head injuries. It makes it clear who can make decisions in which situations and how they should go about this. It enables people to plan ahead for a time when they may lose capacity. The act covers major decisions about someone's property and affairs, healthcare treatment or where the person lives, as well as everyday decisions about personal care or what someone eats, where a person lacks capacity to make the decisions themselves.
If you are a Deputy or would like to find out more information about the Mental Capacity Act 2005 that came in to force on the 1st October 2007, a full copy of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 can be found on the Office of Public Sector Information website.
Please visit the Court of Protection pages for more information about the services provided to Deputies by the Court Funds Office and how to create an account with the Court Funds Office.
Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules
The Court Funds Office no longer accept payments in satisfaction of a claim following the changes to Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules that came into effect on the 6th April 2007. Part 36 amendments remove the requirement for defendants to make an offer to settle money claims in the form of a payment into court.
For more information see the information on Civil Procedure Rules.