Deputies: make decisions for someone who lacks capacity

6. After you've applied

The Court of Protection will review your application and make a decision 14 days after you told the other people involved that you’d applied - provided your application was complete and no one objected.

The court will tell you if:

  • your application’s been approved or rejected
  • you have to provide more information to support your application, for example a report from social services
  • it’s going to hold a hearing to get more information

Tell the person you want to be a deputy for about the hearing

You’ll get a notice with the date of the hearing if the court decides to hold one. You must visit the person you want to be deputy for and tell them about it:

  • within 14 days of getting the notice
  • at least 14 days before the date of the hearing

Give them a completed notice about proceedings (COP14). Use the guidance notes to fill it in.

You must explain that they can contact Court of Protection staff for advice and assistance.

Court of Protection
courtofprotectionenquiries@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 456 4600
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When you’ve told them, send a certificate of service (COP20A) to the Court of Protection within 7 days.

You’ll have to pay a fee if the court makes a final decision at the hearing.

The guidance explains what to expect from a Court of Protection hearing.