Whilst I think most people would welcome proposals for the court system to be more open and transparent, I am struggling to see the point of this Daily Mail article. The article goes on to say that "the names of those who misspend the money of their relatives are never made public, and their misuse of other's bank accounts rarely brings a criminal prosecution". Whilst this may be true, surely criminal prosecutions are an entirely separate matter for the police to investigate and the CPS to prosecute? Naming and shaming a person won't guarantee charges will be brought against them. Of course those who are subject to criminal prosecutions are named as hearings are open to the public.
We don't have the details of the proposals by the courts in this story, but it will be interesting to see how they can strike a balance between transparency and the need to protect the incapacitated people who are the subject of the application.
The secretive and controversial Court of Protection is to be opened to greater public scrutiny, the leading judge in England said yesterday.