What the Court of Protection does

We make decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who can’t make decisions at the time they need to be made (they ‘lack mental capacity’).

We are responsible for:

  • deciding whether someone has the mental capacity to make a particular decision for themselves
  • appointing deputies to make ongoing decisions for people who lack mental capacity
  • giving people permission to make one-off decisions on behalf of someone else who lacks mental capacity
  • handling urgent or emergency applications where a decision must be made on behalf of someone else without delay
  • making decisions about a lasting power of attorney or enduring power of attorney and considering any objections to their registration
  • considering applications to make statutory wills or gifts
  • making decisions about when someone can be deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act

Who we are

We are based in London. Most cases are heard by district judges and a senior judge but can sometimes be heard by High Court judges.

Court information

Contact COP

Court of Protection

Court of Protection
PO Box 70185
First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn
London
WC1A 9JA
United Kingdom

Enquiries

0300 456 4600

DX: 160013 Kingsway 7

Opening hours and facilities:
https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/court-of-protection

North East – East Regional Hub

Leeds Combined Court Centre
The Courthouse
1 Oxford Row
Leeds
LS1 3BG
United Kingdom

Enquiries

0113 306 2800

DX 703016 Leeds 6

Opening hours and facilities:
https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/leeds-combined-court-centre

North East – North Regional Hub

Newcastle Combined Court Centre
The Law Courts
Quayside
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 3LA
United Kingdom

DX 65127 Newcastle upon Tyne 2

Opening hours and facilities:
https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/newcastle-upon-tyne-combined-court-centre

North West Regional Hub

Manchester Civil Justice Centre
1 Bridge Street West
Manchester
Manchester
M60 9DJ
United Kingdom

Enquiries

0161 240 5000

DX 724783 Manchester 44

Opening hours and facilities:
https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/manchester-county-and-family-court

South East Regional Hub

Reading County & Family Court
160-163 Friar Street
Reading
RG1 1HE
United Kingdom

DX 98010 Reading 6

Opening hours and facilities:
https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/reading-county-court-and-family-court

South West Regional Hub

Bristol Civil & Family Justice Centre
2 Redcliff Street
Bristol
BS1 6GR
United Kingdom

DX 95903 Bristol 3

Opening hours and facilities:
https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/bristol-civil-and-family-justice-centre

Wales Regional Hub

Cardiff Civil & Family Justice Centre
2 Park Street
Cardiff
CF10 1ET
United Kingdom

Enquiries

0292 037 6400

DX 99500 Cardiff 6

Opening hours and facilities:
https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/cardiff-civil-and-family-justice-centre

Midlands Regional Hub

Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre
The Priory Courts
33 Bull Street
Birmingham
B4 6DS
United Kingdom

DX 701987 Birmingham 7

Opening hours and facilities:
https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/birmingham-civil-and-family-justice-centre