Surety bonds: Public Guardian practice note

What the Office of the Public Guardian expects from companies that provide surety bonds to court-appointed deputies.



The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) supervises deputies appointed by the Court of Protection.

The court tells most deputies to get a ‘surety bond’ (also called a ‘security bond’). The bond is insurance that protect the assets of the person whose affairs and property the deputy is managing.

OPG has set up a scheme for surety bonds, but deputies can get a bond from a provider that isn’t in the scheme.

This practice note (SD15) explains what OPG expects from a bond provider, so that its surety bonds are suitable for deputies.

Published 6 December 2012
Last updated 8 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. We have made a change to the section 'Expectations for the Bond' to reflect a recent court ruling.
  2. Added Welsh-language translation
  3. Practice note has been updated to reflect a change to OPG's approved bond supplier from October 2016.
  4. First published.