Research project

Improving participation in Court of Protection proceedings

About the project

This research analyses participation in mental capacity law, specifically within the Court of Protection (CoP), the court that deals with disputes under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. 

This area is relatively under-researched compared to other areas relating to legal participation. The research explores the meaning of participation, and why it is important for those subject to CoP proceedings to participate in a meaningful way. As well as analysing the extent of participation, the research explores tangible and practical ideas to continue the process of meaningful change in CoP practice to ensure that those who are subjected to mental capacity proceedings are involved in decisions which impact their life.