The Court of Protection & Deputies
after the patient has lost capacity and a complex decision needs to be made
The Court of Protection is a specialist court for issues relating to people who lack capacity. The court can make decisions, arbitrate decisions and where appropriate appoint deputies. It is governed by the Court of Protection Rules 2007 and 2011, and practice directions.
Deputies are decision makers appointed by the Court of Protection and are usually in place for individuals who lack capacity to make their own decisions in a number of areas and need decision making support on an ongoing basis. In these cases, the Court of Protection will specify what decisions can be made by the deputy and which should be referred back to the court for further direction.