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I have a hearing coming up in the Court of Protection. Is it possible for this hearing to proceed as a telephone hearing?

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Published on LexisPSL on 20/03/2020

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I have a hearing coming up in the Court of Protection. Is it possible for this hearing to proceed as a telephone hearing?

The Vice-President of the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Hayden, has issued guidance for judges and practitioners offering practical solutions to some of the issues being raised in connection with coronavirus (COVID-19), including this question. See Court of Protection: Guidance COVID-19.

In this guidance, Mr Justice Hayden notes that Practice Direction 4A: Hearings makes it clear that the Court of Protection is able to direct the scope and ambit of the hearing. This has already led to earlier guidance making specific provision for telephone hearings and, in the present circumstances, the broad approach is that hearings of less than two hours’ time estimate will proceed by telephone, to be arranged by the applicant. This guidance will be reviewed frequently.

The above guidance also asks practitioners to exercise an

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