People whose cases come before the Court of Protection must have expert legal representation the Law Society has said.
The Court of Protection is a branch of the High Court which makes rulings on behalf of vulnerable people unable to make decisions about their own best interests or welfare due to disability or illnesses such as dementia.
The Law Society – which represents solicitors – has now unveiled a new accreditation scheme for members who work in the Court of Protection. The aim of this additional mental capacity training is to try and ensure that every person whose welfare is considered in the Court receives optimal representation.
The new scheme has been approved by President of the Court of Protection Sir James Munby. It is open to both solicitors and barristers.
Law Society President Robert Bourns explained:
“The [accreditation] will ensure that vulnerable people coming to the Court of Protection are represented by experts with a depth of understanding of the complexities involved in representing clients who lack mental capacity. As our population ages and the number of people who need long-term care grows, it is essential that measures to protect people who lack mental capacity are fit for purpose.”