Court of protection

The Court of Protection makes decisions on financial and welfare matters for people who lack the mental capacity to make those decisions at the time that it needs to be made.

The Court of Protection is responsible for:

  • deciding whether a person has the mental capacity to make a particular decision for themselves
  • appointing deputies to make decisions for people who lack mental capacity
  • giving someone permission to make one-off decisions on behalf of a person who lacks mental capacity
  • making decisions about a lasting power of attorney or enduring power of attorney
  • making a decision about applications to make statutory wills or gifts
  • making decisions about when someone can be deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act.


More information about Court of Protection is available on the Gov.UK website.

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