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Regionalised protection

Gordon Ashton introduces the new Northern Court of Protection at Preston

13 September 2002

It is almost 12 months since I wrote about the demise of the Public Trust Office and the birth of the Public Guardianship Office (PGO) which was, according to the Lord Chancellor, to be: “… a centre of excellence in service provision for the mentally incapacitated …” ((2001) 145 sj 926, 12 October 2001). I also then referred to a pilot scheme whereby the Court of Protection was for the first time (in its present form) to sit in the North of England and was looking forward to my new role as Deputy Master. What has happened since then? Public Guardianship Office The office has moved from Stewart House, a magnificent building near the Royal Courts of Justice that is sadly past its sell-by date and badly in need of renovation. The new address is ‘Archway Tower’, an anonymous open-plan office-block above Archway Underground station in North London and shared with CAFCASS. This may be a more cheerful building in which to work, with magnificent views across th...

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