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Guidance in cases involving the Official Solicitor

The Official Solicitor and the President met in order to discuss the difficulties which the Official Solicitor had been having in accepting requests to act as guardian ad litem / litigation friend for protected parties in proceedings relating to children. The Official Solicitor's role in proceedings under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 was also discussed. At the end of the meeting the President invited Pauffley J to draft guidance for courts dealing with such cases. The guidance has been seen by, and has the endorsement of, both the Official Solicitor and the President.

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