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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 at time you want to observe. 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

Friday 7th May 2021

Case no. COP 13748761 Re TK

Before: Mr Justice Peel

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

Time: 10.30am, Friday 7th May 2021

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: COP 1337884 Re NP

Before: Mrs Justice Lieven

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

Time: 11.30am, Friday 7th May 2021

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. COP 13630846. AM -v- London Borough of Croydon

Before: District Judge Eldergill

Sitting at: First Avenue House, London (Remote hearing – but it doesn’t say whether it’s phone or video-platform so be sure to send your phone number when you ask for access and be prepared for a phone call from the judge within 30mins of the listed time for the hearing to start.)

Time: 1.00pm, Friday 7th May 2021 (Time estimate: 2 hours)

Issues:  Decision relating to 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

Note: Check out the website above for many more hearings throughout the day. You can ask to observe any of them (including those listed as “private” unless they are “Dispute Resolution Hearings”. [DRH] which really are private.)


Case Nos COP 13698581 JT and COP 13440746 FW

Before: Her Honour Judge Cronin

Sitting at: Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre (via MS Teams)

Time: 2.00pm COP 13698581 JT and 3.00pm COP 13440746 FW

Issues: No information provided

Contact for access: courtofprotection.bristol.countycourt@justice.gov.uk 0117 366 4830

This information is provided via: CourtServe


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