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Court of Protection
Application form
For office use only
Case no.
Application no.
Date received
Date issued
Full name of person to whom the application relates
(this is the name of the person who lacks, or is alleged to lack, capacity)
SEAL
Your application will not be complete unless all the relevant
forms and annexes, including where appropriate COP3
(and COP4), are submitted together with a fee or remission
request (Please see COP1 guidance). Please submit the COP1
application form in duplicate.
This form is not to be used in respect of applications concerning
deprivation of liberty (DoL) under section 21A of the Mental Capacity
Act 2005 (the Act) relating to a standard or urgent authorisation under
Schedule A1 or the streamlined application under section 4A(3) and
16(2)(a) of the Act. For those applications please visit our website at
www.gov.uk/court-of-protection
Section 1 – Type of application
1.1 What type of application do you intend to make?
Deputy, proposed deputy or other: Tick Enclose Annex/
Form:
Appointment of deputy for property and affairs
COP1A
Property and affairs (where deputy not required)
COP1A
Appointment of deputy for personal welfare
COP1B
Personal welfare order (where deputy not required)
COP1B
Application relating to a statutory will, codicil, gift(s), deed of
variation or other settlement of property
COP1C
Application relating to the appointment or discharge of a trustee
COP1D and COP12
Application by existing deputy
COP1E
Other applications
COP24
Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) or
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA):
Tick Enclose Annex/
Form:
Question of validity or operation of an EPA/LPA
COP1F
Application relating to a statutory will, codicil, gift(s), deed of
variation or other settlement of property
COP1C
Application relating to the appointment or discharge of a trustee
COP1D and COP12
Application by existing attorney
COP1E
Other applications
COP24
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1.2 Do you require permission to make the application?
Yes, you must complete section 6
No
1.3 Do you require urgent interim order/directions? Yes, complete the box below
No
Please state the order/directions sought and reasons for the urgency – You can attach draft interim order/
directions
Section 2 – Your details (the applicant(s))
2.1 First applicant
Mr. Mrs. Miss Ms. Other
Full name
Address
Phone
Email
Your relationship to the person to whom this application
relates (eg Mother, Father, Brother)
Second applicant
Mr. Mrs. Miss Ms. Other
Full name
Address
Phone
Email
Your relationship to the person to whom this application
relates (eg Mother, Father, Brother)
(If more than 2 applicants, please continue on a separate sheet)
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2.2 In what capacity are you making the application?
Proposed deputy/deputy I am the person to whom this application relates
Attorney Other (give details)
2.3 Please state one address that official documentation should be sent to at this stage (please note unless
stated below the documentation will be sent to Applicant 1’s address)
Applicant 1’s address Applicant 2’s address
Solicitors address (if a solicitor is representing you, please give details below)
Other address (if you do not have a solicitor but have an alternative address you would like
documentation to be sent to, please give details below)
Contact or
Solicitors name
Address
Phone
Email
DX no.
Section 3 – The person to whom this application relates
3.1
Mr. Mrs. Miss Ms. Other
First name(s)
Last name
Address
Phone
Date of birth
Male
Female
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3.2 What type of accommodation is the person to whom the application relates living in?
(eg. Own home,
rented, care
home)
Date moved
Temporary
Permanent
3.3 Is the person to whom the application relates:
Married or in a civil partnership Date of marriage/civil partnership
Divorced or their civil partnership
has dissolved
Date of divorce/dissolution
Widowed or a surviving civil partner Date of death of spouse/civil partner
In a relationship with a person who
is not a spouse or civil partner, but
living together as if they were
Single Separated
3.4 Please identify any previous Court of Protection proceedings in respect of the person to whom the
application relates
Ref no. Date of proceedings
Section 4 – Your application
4.1 What order are you asking the court to make?
4.2 If seeking appointment as a deputy
Sole deputyship
Joint deputyship
Jointly and severally
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Section 5 – People to be served with/notified of this application
5.1 Please give details of all respondents who are to be served with this application
Full name including title Relationship Full address including
postcode
5.2 Please give details of all persons who are to be notified of this application
Full name including title Relationship Full address including
postcode
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Section 6 - Permission
If you do not require permission, go to section 7
6.1 What are you seeking permission for?
to make an application to start proceedings?
6.2 What are your reasons for making the application?
6.3 How would the order you have set out in Section 8.1 of the COP1B (Supporting information for personal
welfare applications) benefit the person to whom the application relates? Is there any other way this
benefit could be achieved?
Section 7 – Attending court hearings
7.1 If the court requires you to attend a hearing do you need any special
assistance or facilities?
Yes
No
If Yes, please say what your requirements are. If necessary,
court staff may contact you about your requirements.
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Section 8 – Statement of truth
The statement of truth is to be signed by you, your solicitor or your litigation friend.
*(I believe) (The applicant(s) believe(s)) that the facts stated in this form and its annexes are true.
First applicant
Signed
*Applicant(’s litigation friend)(’s solicitor)
Name
Date
Name
of firm
Position or
office held
Second applicant
Signed
*Applicant(’s litigation friend)(’s solicitor)
Name
Date
Name
of firm
Position or
office held
* Please delete the options in brackets that do not apply.
If there are more than two applicants, please continue on a separate sheet.
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Court of Protection
COP1 Notes
Guidance notes on completing form COP1 Application Form
Please read the following notes before
completing form COP1
If you wish to start proceedings in the Court of
Protection, you must complete form COP1 and the
relevant annex and file it with the court. Refer to
Section 1 of the form and the table at the end of these
notes to decide what forms you need to complete.
If your application relates to: deprivation of liberty
under sections 4A(3) or 21A of the Mental Capacity
Act 2005; an objection to the registration of a lasting
power of attorney; or the registration of an enduring
power of attorney, you need to complete a different
application form. Refer to the website www.gov.uk/
court-of-protection for more information.
If your application is made in the course of existing
proceedings, i.e. you have already made an
application; you need to complete a different form:
COP9 Application notice for applications within
proceedings.
If you are appealing a Court of Protection decision,
you need to complete form COP35 Appellant’s notice.
You must pay a fee when you make an application.
Refer to the leaflet COP44 Court of Protection – Fees
for details.
You may need to pay for any legal costs or expenses
you incur in connection with your application.
In some situations you may be allowed to be
reimbursed from the funds of the person to whom
the application relates. If the court considers that you
have acted unreasonably, it can order you to pay the
costs of other parties.
Completing form COP1
Type of application (Section 1)
Please indicate what type of application you intend to
make by ticking the relevant box. If you need to make
more than one application, for example to appoint a
deputy, and appoint or discharge a trustee; you must
submit separate applications.
The court cannot accept your application unless
you send all the relevant forms with your application.
Refer to the table at the end of these notes to decide
what other forms you need to complete.
Your application (Section 4)
You need to state what order or declaration you are
asking the court to make. In each case the court
needs to decide whether the person to whom the
application relates is capable of making a decision in
relation to the matter to which your application relates.
Please provide specific details about what you want
the court to do. For example, you may be asking
the court to appoint a deputy, or you may want
the court to order that the person to whom the
application relates moves to a particular residence,
or that a particular investment is made. In each of
the examples you would need to explain why the
appointment of a deputy is required, or provide the
particular details of the residence or investment.
You should also explain to the court why the order
or declaration you are seeking will benefit the person
to whom the application relates. If you are asking the
court to appoint a deputy, please explain why you
think this is necessary and why the court should not
make the decision on behalf of the person to whom
the application relates.
Respondents (Section 5.1)
You must provide the details of any person who you
reasonably believe has an interest which means
they ought to be heard by the court in relation to the
application. Respondents have the opportunity to be
joined as parties to the proceedings if they wish to
participate in the hearing.
Once the court has issued your application form, you
must serve respondents with copies of all documents
relating to your application, in order to allow them the
opportunity to support or oppose your application.
Other people to be notified (section 5.2)
You must provide the details of other people who
are likely to have an interest in being notified of your
application. You must notify these people when the
court has issued your application form. They have
the opportunity to apply to the court to be joined as
parties to the proceedings if they wish to participate.
You should seek to identify at least three people
to be notified of your application. If you have not
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already named the following close family members as
respondents, they should be notified in descending
order as appropriate to the circumstances of the
person to whom the application relates:
a) spouse or civil partner
b) person who is not a spouse or a civil partner
but who has been living with the person to
whom the application relates as if they were
c) parent or guardian
d) child
e) brother or sister
f) grandparent or grandchild
g) aunt or uncle
h) niece or nephew
i) step-parent
j) half-brother or half-sister
Where you think that a person listed in one of the
categories ought to be notified, and there are other
people in that category (e.g. the person has four
siblings) you should provide the details of all of the
people falling within that category – unless there is
good reason not to do so
You do not need to provide the details for a close
family member who has little or no involvement with
the person to whom the application relates, or if
there is another good reason why they should not be
notified.
In some cases, the person to whom the application
relates may be closer to people who are not relatives
and if so, it will be appropriate to provide their details
instead of close family members.
For further guidance on who is to be notified of an
application, see practice direction 9B.
Permission (Section 6)
In some cases you will need the court’s permission to
make an application. You must complete section 6 of
this form if you need the court’s permission.
a) You do not need the court’s permission if the
application:
is made by a person who lacks or is alleged
to lack capacity (or, if the person is under 18
years, by anyone with parental responsibility);
is made by the Official Solicitor, the Public
Guardian, or a court appointed deputy;
concerns the property and affairs of the
person to whom the application relates;
concerns a lasting power of attorney or an
enduring power of attorney;
relates to an application concerning
deprivation of liberty under sections 4A(3) or
21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005; or
is about an existing court order and is made
by a person named in that order.
b) You do need the court’s permission for all other
applications.
Where part of the application concerns a matter that
requires permission, and part of it does not, you
need the court’s permission only for that part of it
which requires permission.
Attending court hearings (Section 7)
If you need special assistance or special facilities
for a disability or impairment, please set out your
requirements in full. It is important that you make
the court aware of your needs to avoid causing any
delays.
The court staff will need to know, for example, whether
you want documents to be supplied in an alternative
format, such as Braille or large print. They will also
need to know about any specific requirements should
there be a hearing, such as wheelchair access, a
hearing loop or a sign language interpreter.
If the person to whom the application relates is a
child, you must provide the details of the any person
with parental responsibility for the child, so they can
be served with your application. If there is no person
with parental responsibility, you should name an adult
who lives with or cares for the child.
What you need to do next
When you have completed this form, you will need to
consider what other forms you need to complete.
The forms to be completed will be different
depending on the type of application. Refer to the
table at the end of these notes to help you decide
what forms to complete.
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Forms to be completed
Type of application Forms to be completed Where to obtain further guidance
Your application
relates to property and
affairs
COP3 Assessment of capacity
COP1A Annex A: Supporting
information for property and affairs
applications
If you are applying to be appointed as a
deputy for property and afairs then you
must also complete:
COP4 Deputy’s declaration
Practice direction 9A the application
form
COP42 Making an application to
the Court of Protection
COP GN1 Applications for the
appointment of a deputy for
property and affairs
Your application
relates to personal
welfare
COP3 Assessment of capacity
COP1B Annex B: Supporting
information for personal welfare
applications
If you are applying to be appointed as
a deputy for personal welfare then you
must also complete:
COP4 Deputy’s declaration
Practice direction 8A Permission
Practice direction 9A the application
form
COP42 Making an application to
the Court of Protection
COP GN4 Making a personal
welfare application to the Court of
Protection
Your application
relates to a statutory
will, codicil, gift(s),
deed of variation or
settlement of property
COP3 Assessment of capacity
COP1C Annex C: Supporting
information for applications relating to
a statutory will, codicil, gift(s), deed of
variation or settlement of property
Practice direction 9A the application
form
Practice direction 9E Applications
relating to statutory wills, codicils,
settlements and other dealings with
P’s property
COP42 Making an application to
the Court of Protection
COP GN8 Applications for statutory
wills, codicils, settlements and other
dealings with P’s property
Your application
relates to the
appointment or
discharge of trustees
COP1D Annex D: Supporting
information for applications to appoint
or discharge a trustee
COP12 Special undertaking by
trustees
Practice direction 9A the application
form
Practice direction 9F Applications to
appoint or discharge a trustee
COP42 Making an application to
the Court of Protection
COP GN2 Guidance on the sale of
jointly owned property
Your application
relates to an existing
deputy order or a
registered enduring
or lasting power of
attorney
COP1E Annex E: Supporting
information for an application by an
existing deputy or attorney
COP24 Witness statement (if required)
Practice direction 9D Applications
by currently appointed deputies,
attorneys and donees in relation to
P’s property and affairs
COP GN3 Applications by existing
deputies
Your application
relates to the
operation and validity
of an enduring power
of attorney or a lasting
power of attorney
COP1F Annex F: Supporting
information for applications relating
to the operation and validity of an
enduring power of attorney or a
lasting power of attorney
COP24 Witness statement (if required)
Practice direction 9A the application
form
COP42 Making an application to
the Court of Protection
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Other documents to be filed
You may need to file other documents with your
application. The annex to the application form, or
practice direction may set out additional information
or material required, but you should also file the
following documents, if applicable:
the order appointing a deputy, where the
application relates to or is made by a deputy;
a copy of any lasting or enduring power of
attorney;
the order appointing a litigation friend, where
the application is made by, or where the
application relates to the appointment of a
litigation friend;
the order of the Court of Protection, where
the application relates to the order;
the order of another court, where the
application relates to the order;
any written evidence on which you intend to
rely (in accordance with the relevant practice
direction) using the COP24 witness statement
form; and
any other documents you refer to in the
application form.
The court requires 2 copies of this form, COP1
Application form and one copy of every other form or
document. You should keep copies of each form and
document for your own records.
When you have completed all the forms you should
take, or send them to the Court of Protection, along
with any fee. For details on where to send your
application check the website: www.gov.uk/court-of-
protection.
What happens next
If you need permission to apply
If your application relates to personal welfare and you
need permission to apply, the court will consider your
application for permission as soon as practicable
after your application form has been issued, and will
notify you whether permission is granted, refused,
or whether a date has been fixed to consider
permission separately.
If permission is granted and the court has received
the correct completed forms, you will need to serve
a copy on each respondent and notify the person to
whom the application relates and the other people
you have named in section 5 of this form.
If you do not need permission to apply
If the court has received the correct completed
forms, the court will issue your application form and
legal proceedings will start. The court will notify you
when your application form has been issued and will
return a sealed copy of the application form. You will
need to serve a copy on each respondent and notify
the person to whom the application relates and the
other people you have named in section 5 of this
form
Disclaimer
Court of Protection staff cannot give legal advice.
If you need legal advice please contact a solicitor
or your local Citizens Advice Bureau. Information in
this guidance is believed to be correct at the time of
publication; however we do not accept any liability
for any error it may contain.
If you need further help with your application, please
check the website: www.gov.uk/court-of-protection.
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