Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Court of Protection and mental capacity
Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Court of Protection and mental capacity

The following Private Client practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Court of Protection and mental capacity
  • Court of Protection guidance on the coronavirus pandemic
  • The running of the Court of Protection during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Office of the Public Guardian guidance on the coronavirus pandemic
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Office of the Public Guardian response
  • Guidance for National Health Service staff on searching the registers of attorneys and deputies
  • Guidance on making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Being a deputy or attorney during the coronavirus outbreak
  • How to register an EPA during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Guidance on visiting care homes
  • More...

This Practice Note considers the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Court of Protection and mental capacity work, covering in particular the following areas:

  1. Court of Protection guidance on the coronavirus pandemic

  2. The running of the Court of Protection during the coronavirus pandemic

  3. Office of the Public Guardian guidance on the coronavirus pandemic

  4. Guidance on visiting care homes during the pandemic

  5. Mental capacity, vaccination and testing for coronavirus

  6. Department of Health and Social Care and Court of Protection guidance on deprivation of liberty during the pandemic

  7. Frequently asked questions

For guidance on the wider impact of the coronavirus across all Practice Areas, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

Court of Protection guidance on the coronavirus pandemic

The Vice-President of the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Hayden, and other senior members of the judiciary have issued several pieces of guidance for judges and practitioners during the course of the coronavirus pandemic:

  1. 13 March 2020—guidance focusing specifically on visits to protected persons by judges and practitioners

  2. 18 March 2020—additional guidance discussing the use of telephone hearings and technologies such as Skype, and offering practical solutions to some of the issues being raised in connection with the pandemic

  3. 23 March 2020—guidance confirming the formation of the HIVE working group and requiring advocates, litigants, witnesses and court staff to maintain a distance of 2m between themselves at all times

  4. 24 March

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