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The Featured Hearings we list here are provided for convenience, and for ease-of-access for people who may be unfamiliar with observing hearings in the Court of Protection. You can arrange to attend any of these (or check out our Find More Hearings page for links to further hearings in the Court of Protection – there are up to 30 hearings listed each day, across England and Wales).

You do not need permission to do this – and you should feel free to go ahead and arrange to access a hearing without contacting us in advance, unless you could use information or support we haven’t included on this site (though we would love you to write about your experiences and observations for our blog!)

Featured Hearings

Monday 26th October 2020

If hearings for the day you want to observe are not yet available, it’s fairly safe to plan on observing from 10am or from 2pm – most hearings start at one or other of those times.

This is where we provide details of hearings you can observe right away. They are chosen from the listings published in the Court of Protection’s Daily Cause Lists. These are some of the many hearings that are scheduled to take place across the country each day. They are only available after 6pm on the day before the hearing.

Hearings are often adjourned or vacated – so be prepared for the fact that your chosen hearing may not actually take place.

IMPORTANT: Note that hearings can be delayed. If you have not had a response to your enquiry about observing a hearing by the time the hearing is scheduled DO NOT ABANDON HOPE. Stay by the phone and keep checking your emails. A hearing can sometimes be 30-45 mins late and the judge may not have time to tell you about this until just beforehand.

Note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, except where otherwise stated, all hearings are scheduled to take place remotely.

*** Please also check our Twitter feed for additional hearings across England and Wales ***

PLEASE CONSIDER WRITING US A BLOG – OR A FEW SENTENCES WE CAN INCLUDE IN A ‘COLLECTIVE BLOG’ – ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE

Case number: COP 13551368 Re ‘AB’ 

Before: Mr Justice Poole

Sitting at: Family Division, Royal Courts of Justice (via MS Teams). In Open Court

Time: 10.30am Monday, 26 October, 2020

Issues: No information provided

Contact: rcj.familyhighcourt@justice.gov.uk 

This information is provided via: http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/court-lists/list-family (Note: there is another COP hearing listed on this site, before Mr Justice Cobb, but we have been told that it has been vacated.).

Please, it would be enormously useful if you would use our HEARING OBSERVATION FORM – download and complete it before and during the hearing and return it to us afterwards. It’s here: https://openjusticecourtofprotection.org/hearing-feedback-questions/

Case number: COP 13293675 

Before: District Judge Webb

Sitting at: Birmingham Family Court. (Telephone hearing)

Time: 2.00pm, Monday 26 October 2020. (Time estimate: 1 hour)

Issues: It’s a directions hearing which will address: (a) The evidence filed to date; (b) what if any further evidence is required; (c) the position of the parties

Contact: courtofprotection.birmingham.countycourt@justice.gov.uk  Tel: 01212506395  9am – 5pm

This information is provided via: CourtServe

Please, it would be enormously useful if you would use our HEARING OBSERVATION FORM – download and complete it before and during the hearing and return it to us afterwards. It’s here: https://openjusticecourtofprotection.org/hearing-feedback-questions/

Case Number: COP 13575416

Before: Her Honour Judge Clayton

Sitting at: Birmingham Family Court (Remote hearing via video-link). Public Hearing

Time: 10.30am Monday 26 October 2020

Issues: (a)  The applicant’s best interests in relation to residence and care; (b)  Deprivation of Liberty

Contact: courtofprotection.birmingham.countycourt@justice.gov.uk  01212506395  9am – 5pm

This information is provided via: http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/court-lists/list-cop Note that there are many other hearings listed on this site which you might also be interested in. Some are being held in an actual physical courtroom in London (that’s what “attended” means). Some say “Private hearing” but you are encouraged to apply for permission to observe anyway: it is usually granted.

Please, it would be enormously useful if you would use our HEARING OBSERVATION FORM – download and complete it before and during the hearing and return it to us afterwards. It’s here: https://openjusticecourtofprotection.org/hearing-feedback-questions/

Case Number: COP 13576765 

Before: District Judge Parker

Sitting at: Nottingham Family Court (Remote Hearing via telephone)

Time: 10.00am, Monday 26 October 2020 (time estimate: 1 hour)

Issues: Deprivation of Liberty and residence

Contact:    courtofprotection.birmingham.countycourt@justice.gov.uk  01212506395  9am – 5pm

This information is provided via: CourtServe

If you haven’t observed COP hearings remotely before check out our “Public Observer’s Wiki” for useful tips – and read some of our blogs to learn about other people’s experience of observing remote hearings.

Case number: COP 13389632 

Before: District Judge Bailey

Sitting at: Stoke on Trent Family Court (Telephone hearing) – in public

Time: 10.00am, Monday 26 October 2020. (Time estimate: 1 hour)

Issues: (a)   Whether AF is deprived of his liberty; (b)  Whether AF’s current care and residence are in his best interests. 

Contact: courtofprotection.birmingham.countycourt@justice.gov.uk  01212506395  9am – 5pm. (Note: yes, this is the correct address – you need to contact the regional hub, not the individual court)

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