SECRET BRITISH COURTS CAN TAKE YOUR MONEY AND CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE AND THERES NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT with draconian and sweeping powers. Judges, sitting alone and in secrecy making far-reaching rulings about almost every aspect of citizens’ lives

A secret court is controlling £2billion of assets of thousands of elderly and mentally impaired people and paying them a paltry rate of interest, the Mail reveals today. The controversial actions of the Court of Protection, which one MP has criticised as ‘bordering on malpractice’, are supposed to uphold the interests of 16,000 vulnerable people – but many claim they destroy the value of savings. Here SUE REID tells the story of Neil Barker, a successful businessman whose finances have been at the mercy of the court since he was injured in a horrific accident.

Neil Barker is, in many ways, a lucky man. At 36, he has a loving girlfriend, Valeria, a five-bedroom house overlooking the park in a smart West London suburb — and he’s made a dramatic recovery from a motorbike crash ten years ago which left him with brain injuries.

All he wants to do is to get on with his life as a successful computer consultant and property restorer — without interference from the State.

But a huge sum of his money is lying in a State bank account controlled by a hidden corner of the legal system: the astonishingly powerful Court of Protection, which has decreed that Neil’s accident means he lacks the mental capacity to handle his own financial affairs.

Fighting for control: Neil Barker with his girlfriend Valeria CarliFighting for control: Neil Barker with his girlfriend Valeria Carli

The CoP has draconian and sweeping powers. Judges, sitting alone and in secrecy, deal with thousands of cases a year, making far-reaching rulings about almost every aspect of citizens’ lives — and often those of their relatives, too.

They can compel people to undergo surgery, use contraception or have abortions.

They can decide if a life-support system is switched off, where a person lives and with whom — even if their marriage should be annulled and whether their last will and testament is torn up.

Equally controversially, the CoP judges can authorise what are called Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS), which allow council or NHS officials to restrain someone in a hospital, care home or re-training facility for as long as the State deems it to be ‘in their best interests’.

The Lib Dem MP John Hemming, who is campaigning for more openness in the CoP,  estimates that there are hundreds of these ‘secret prisoners’ across the country.


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  2. THE day the BRITISH gave their guns to the queen whore drug dealer of england,THEY stopped being CITIZENS and BECAME the queens SLAVES,and I’am sure if you asked anyone in england about it, they would tell you it was the stupidest thing to ever happen in england,and now their guns are gone forever,good luck SLAVES…………………….

  3. I can imagine that such a court was formed and founded with the idea of actually protecting and administering the assets of those no longer to do so for themselves. Then corruption gradually found it’s way in. People found they could get favors by putting vast sums on deposit with a particular bank, or a favorable interest rate on their own home mortgage by buying stocks or bonds in a particular investment scheme. It is time to move forward and expose everything this court does or has done to the scrutiny and light of day. Let their books be opened and allow a blue ribbon committee of accountants and citizens to examine their actions with a deep audit. Then find the crooks and prosecute them, and of course make them forfeit their ill-gotten gains. No one should be subjected to such over-reaching and unbridled power. It’s clearly now all about money. If they can keep these people declared incompetent then the “court” gets their hands on all that persons money, assets, etc. Their powers are FAR too broad to be placed in one set of hands. The temptation to corrupt even a decent and good person would be substantial. The effect on a person of less than the highest morals and character would be (and has been) devastating.

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