734. General power to appoint deputies.

If a person ('P') lacks capacity1 in relation to a matter or matters concerning his personal welfare or his property and affairs2, the Court of Protection3 may appoint a person (a 'deputy')4 to make decisions on P's behalf in relation to the matter or matters5. This power is subject to the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 20056.

When deciding whether it is in P's best interests to appoint a deputy, the court must have regard7 to the principles that: (1) a decision by the court is to be preferred to the appointment of a deputy to make a decision8;