Court of Protection—service of documents
Court of Protection—service of documents

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

  • Court of Protection—service of documents
  • The general rule on service
  • Method of service
  • Service by document exchanges
  • Service by electronic means
  • Applications for service by an alternative method
  • Service on business partners
  • Service on a company or other corporation
  • Service on children and protected parties
  • Service on a person who lacks capacity when he has become a party
  • more

BREXIT IMPACT: As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. The Family Procedure Rules 2010 and Court of Protection Rules 2017 (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/517 (the Regulations) have been made in exercise of legislative powers under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. The Regulations will come into force on IP completion day and amend Part 6 of the Court of Protection Rules 2017, SI 2017/1035 to remove references to ‘the Service Regulation’ (ie Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007).

The rules governing the service of documents in the Court of Protection are set out in Part 6 of the Court of Protection Rules 2017 (COPR 2017) and the supporting Practice Direction 6A—Service of documents (PD 6A).

This Practice Note sets out the rules relating to service, including the special rules that apply where the person to be served is a child or a protected party. The rules regarding the notification of the protected party and other interested parties are explained in the Practice Note: Court of Protection—notification.

For information on how to commence an application and, if necessary, apply for permission, see the Practice Notes: Making an application to the