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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 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!)

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Featured Hearings

Thursday 3rd December 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 ***

Case number: COP 12521181-02

Before: Mr Justice Hayden, Vice President of the Court of Protection

Sitting at: Royal Courts of Justice (via MS Teams) – Hearing in Open Court

Time: 10.30am, Thursday 3rd December 2020

Issues:  No information provided on the official website but several of us observed this hearing yesterday and it concerns P’s wish to access the services of a sex worker. (Note: this is day 2 of a 3 day hearing and might not be easy to follow for people who haven’t observed it from the outset)

Contact: rcj.familyhighcourt@justice.gov.uk 

This information is provided via: http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/court-lists/list-family

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 13672912 Re ‘SB’

Before: Mrs Justice Moor

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

Time: 9am, Thursday 3rd December 2020

Issues:   Does P have capacity to make her own treatment decisions? If not, is it in her best interests to have the surgery she is refusing. We recommend reading our blog about an earlier hearing in this case: https://openjusticecourtofprotection.org/2020/11/13/privacy-capacity-and-the-judges-communication-skills/

Contact: rcj.familyhighcourt@justice.gov.uk

This information is provided via: http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/court-lists/list-family

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 13641660 Re ‘KS’

Before: Mrs Justice Lieven

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

Time: 9.30am Thursday 3 December 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

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 13530957

Before: Her Honour Judge Harris

Sitting at: Stoke on Trent Family Court. (Doesn’t specify whether it’s remote or whether they are actually meeting in a physical courtroom – you will need to phone/email and ask)

Time: 2.00pm, Thursday 3rd December 2020

Issues:

a.         whether TB lacks capacity to make the relevant decisions

b.         where it is in TB’s best interests to reside; and

c.         varying or terminating a standard authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards –

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.

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