Court of Protection prepares to open up to public and media Transparency pilot scheme to run for at least six months A pilot scheme has begun which will see the public and media gain access to Court of Protection hearings across England…
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The Practice Direction will effectively change the default position to one where hearings are held in public with reporting restrictions to protect identities. This means that when an order has been made under the pilot, both the media and the public will be able to attend, unless a further order has been made which excludes them. This will also apply to proceedings issued pre-29th January but where a further hearing becomes necessary after the start date.
Court of Protection judgments have been routinely published since 2010 and serious medical cases (such as a decision to stop life support) are held in public, with the identities of those concerned kept anonymous. Committal hearings where a custodial sentence is imposed are also held in public.