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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. They are only available after 6pm on the day before the hearing.

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. This is just a selection from about 20-30 hearings that are scheduled to take place across the country each day. You can check out our Find More Hearings page for links to further hearings in the Court of Protection). We also tweet all the hearings we know about, so check our Twitter feed.

You do not need our 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!)

How to access a hearing

1. Check what hearings are listed.

2. Pick one you want to observe. In choosing a hearing you may want to consider (obviously) what time it is listed for, but also whether it is video-platform or phone (many people find hearings on video-platforms much easier to follow) and what the issues are to be addressed (if we know – we don’t always have this information). Also consider the estimated length of the hearing – most are an hour but some can be much longer (and again we don’t always have this information). Note: Quite a lot of hearings are vacated or adjourned (i.e. they don’t happen) so it’s wise to have a second choice hearing as a ‘back up’ plan, i.e. one an hour or so later that you can ask to observe if you don’t get your first choice. If there isn’t one listed on this page, pick one from our Twitter feed).

3. Send an email to the address given. Copy and paste Case Number (+ name if there is one) into the subject header + name of judge. Say: “Dear Court Staff, Please may I observe Case No. xxxx before Judge Y, at [time] on [date]. A link for a video hearing can be sent to this email address or my phone number is xxxx. Thank you.”

4. They will send you a video-link (or phone you if it’s a phone hearing). (Sometimes we get no response to these requests. That’s why you might want a back-up plan!)

Featured Hearings

Thursday 24th June 2021

Case no. COP 13769990 Re AC

Before: Mr Justice Moor

Sitting at: Royal Courts of Justice (via MS Teams)

Time: 10.30am, Thursday 24th June 2021 (no time estimate provided)

Issues: No information provided

Contact for access:   rcj.familyhighcourt@justice.gov.uk 

This information is provided via: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/royal-courts-of-justice-cause-list/royal-courts-of-justice-daily-cause-list#family-division


Case No:  13150734 NR -v- West Berkshire Council

Before: District Judge Grosse

Sitting at: First Avenue House, London (It says it’s a remote hearing, but not whether it’s phone or video: make sure to send your phone number.)

Time: 3.00pm, Thursday 24th June 2021. (Time estimate: 1 hour)

Issues: “Section 21 Deprivation of Liberty”

Contact for access:  courtofprotectionhearings@justice.gov.uk or by calling 020 7421 8718

This information is provided via: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/court-of-protection-daily-hearing-list


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We share court listings – with details of scheduled hearings open to the public. 

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We offer information and practical support to anyone who wants to observe the Court of Protection in action.

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