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This section provides a summary of the procedures for making an application for the appointment of a Deputy at the Family Justice Courts.
The information provided below is general in nature and is not intended as legal advice. The Family Justice Courts cannot provide legal advice or assist with drafting the contents of any document.
References to legislation
Deputy is a person appointed by the Court, who is given the authority to make
decisions on behalf of a person who lacks mental capacity (“P”) in relation to
his personal welfare and/or property and affairs.
Making an application for the appointment of a Deputy
following table summarises the case-flow for appointing a Deputy.
Responding to an application for the appointment of a Deputy
You may respond to an application for the appointment of a Deputy, if you are:
(a) The person alleged to lack capacity ("P");
(b) A Defendant in the application; or
(c) A "Relevant Person".
Please refer to the FAQ for the specific procedures on how to respond to an application.
Click here to go the Mental Capacity Act FAQ. Then select Family Protection and Support. There is more information on the procedures for applying or responding to an application for the appointment of a Deputy at the Family Justice Courts.
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