Mr Justice Hayden, The Vice President of The Court of Protection, has issued new guidance on judges visiting P in SMT cases (Serious Medical Treatment). As he explains in the paragraph 
"This short practical guidance is intended to provide, hopefully helpful, suggestions as to how the Court and practitioners might ensure that meetings between the Judge and P, during proceedings, are conducted most effectively and enhance the participation of P. Earlier guidance was issued on the 14th November 2016, by Charles J, as Vice President of the Court. That document was primarily directed towards Health and Welfare cases and provided some additional assistance to participation of P in Property and Affairs cases. It did not seek to address meetings between the Judge and P in Serious Medical Treatment (SMT) cases. In principle, there should be no reason why the approach in SMT cases should differ from other cases. This document is intended to supplement, not to replace the earlier guidance. As the two require to be read together, and for convenience of access, I propose to reissue the 2016 guidance. I would add only one caveat. Charles J did not and could not have anticipated the wholesale migration to video conferencing platforms that has characterised every aspect of professional and indeed private life in the last 20 months. His guidance should be read with these developments in mind."
It follows on the heels of the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Re AH in which The President suggested that new guidance was necessary.
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