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Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has asked senior judges to consider establishing arrangements to make the Court of Protection more open. The Court was set up by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and appoints deputies to look after the interests of people who no longer have mental capacity.
Previous concerns have been raised as to decisions regarding financial, medical and welfare issues for vulnerable adults being made in secret hearings.
Mr Grayling now wants the work of the Court of Protection to be included in a review of family courts, but stressed that a balance must be struck between safeguarding vulnerable adults and increasing transparency.
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