Lockdowns and social distancing measures have caused court closures, which will increase delays where there are already backlogs. Further disputes involving supply-chain issues, employment disputes and other commercial matters emerging from the pandemic will further increase the backlog of cases.  Courts are using video conferencing technology to conduct hearings, but another way to bypass the…

Court action against people acting with power of attorney on behalf of vulnerable people jumped to record levels last year. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) made 721 applications to the Court of Protection to censure or remove attorneys in 2018/19. That was 55% up from the previous year’s total of 465. Two of…

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