When family members apply to become parties: A hidden and “private” (but not sinister and secret) hearing

Many people who contact the Open Justice Court of Protection Project believe that the court is deliberately obstructive of open justice.  I understand why it can feel like that.
It really isn’t the case that the lists are deliberately designed to discourage us from observing hearings.  It’s just that – very often – they have that effect. Having attended this hidden and “private” hearing, I can’t detect any reason why anyone would have sought to exclude me: there was nothing ‘secret’ or ‘sinister’ about it at all.