The Court of Protection (CoP) is trialling public hearings. As somebody with years of experience dealing with the affairs of the vulnerable I am very concerned about the idea of the public having access to CoP hearings.

I often find that the facts that make a client who lacks capacity vulnerable are the small details of their everyday life - things that members of the public could easily take away from a hearing.

Even though the CoP could sanction those who breach the confidentiality of the courtroom in the case of vulnerable individuals any reprimand is likely to be too late.