The Court of Protection is to pilot a scheme
giving public and media greater access to court hearings. Most Property &
Affairs applications are uncontested and therefore dealt with on the papers.
However, where matters go to a hearing, this pilot scheme should enhance publicunderstanding of the Court's work.
Public and media will gain greater access to Court of Protection hearings after a pilot scheme starting next year. The specialist Court makes decisions about the personal welfare (e.g. medical treatment) and the property and affairs of persons who lack capacity to make them themselves, applying a best interests test. With rare exceptions, such as serious medical cases, hearings have usually been in private with only those directly involved in the case attending. The pilot will reverse this approach and the Court will normally direct that its hearings will be in public and make an anonymity order to protect the people involved.