Court of Protection

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The Court of Protection makes decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who can’t make decisions at the time they need to because they lack mental capacity. They are responsible for:


  • deciding whether someone has the mental capacity to make a particular decision for themselves
  • appointing deputies to make ongoing decisions for people who lack mental capacity
  • giving people permission to make one-off decisions on behalf of someone else who lacks mental capacity
  • handling urgent or emergency applications where a decision must be made on behalf of someone else without delay
  • making decisions about a lasting power of attorney or enduring power of attorney and considering any objections to their registration
  • considering applications to make statutory wills or gifts
  • making decisions about when someone can be deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act.
They are based in London. Most cases are heard by district judges and a senior judge but can sometimes be heard by High Court judges.


Contact Details

0300 456 4600



Court of Protection, PO Box 70185, First Avenue House , 42-49 High Holborn, London WC1A 9JA

Other Info

Opening times:
Phone enquiries 9am - 5pm.

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