Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2011
- Court of Protection Practice Directions. PD 3A (Authorised Court Officers) comes into force on 12/12/11
This is the amendment (new rule 7A):
7A.—(1) The Senior Judge or the President may authorise a court officer to exercise the jurisdiction of the court in such circumstances as set out in the relevant practice direction.
(2) A court officer who has been authorised under paragraph (1)—
- (a) must refer to a judge any application, proceedings or any question arising in any application or proceedings which ought, in the officer’s opinion, to be considered by a judge;
- (b) may not deal with any application or proceedings or any question arising in any application or proceedings by way of a hearing; and
- (c)may not deal with an application for the reconsideration of an order made by that court officer or another court officer.
Explanatory NoteThese Rules amend the Court of Protection Rules 2007 (S.I. 2007/1744) so as to enable authorised court officers to exercise the court’s jurisdiction in the circumstances specified in the relevant practice direction. Such officers however will not be able to deal with any application or proceedings by way of a hearing nor an application for the reconsideration of their own or another authorised court officer’s decision. Authorised court officers will be required to refer any issue that arises to a judge for the judge’s consideration.