COP3 Mental Capacity Form

Our experienced psychiatrists and other assessors can complete the COP3 Mental Capacity assessment form for submission to the Court of Protection. In some instances the COP3 capacity assessment can be conducted remotely. Please contact us for a quote.

What is the COP3 Mental Capacity form?

This is the statutory form required by the Court of Protection for assessment of capacity. The form needs to be completed by an assessing clinical professional. The COP3 form is  accompanied by the COP1 application form when submitted to the Court of Protection.


COP3 Capacity Assessment – Where can I obtain a report?

A COP3 assessment can be provided by our service and is completed by a qualified psychiatrist who specialises in mental capacity. 

Who can complete the COP3 Mental Capacity form?

Typically this should be completed by a registered medical practitioner, for example the individual’s GP, a psychiatrist, an approved mental health professional – social worker – psychologist – nurse, or – occupational therapist who has examined and assessed the capacity of the person to whom the application relates.

In some circumstances it might be appropriate for a registered therapist, such as a speech therapist or occupational therapist, to complete the form. A COP3 capacity assessment requires specialist knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

If this is not achievable, an independent psychiatrist can provide a mental capacity report using the COP3 form.

What key information needs to be included in the COP3 Mental Capacity form?

The COP3 assessment of capacity includes description of the mental disorder impacting mental capacity, and the 4 stage mental capacity test. 

Also included are the solicitors details,  professional qualifications and practical experience of the assessor in terms of making assessments of capacity in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and associated Code of Practice.


Where can I find an example of a completed COP3 form?

Redacted examples of a completed COP3 form are usually held by social workers or the Court of Protection. Obviously, confidential clinical information needs to be removed. If you’d like to see an anonymised example of a COP3 form, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

How do you obtain a capacity assessment for deputyship?

A capacity assessment for deputyship can be performed using the COP3 form if instructions from the Court of Protection are provided. 

How much does it cost to complete a mental capacity assessment and COP3 Mental Capacity form?

This will depend on the background reading, complexity of the case and interview time. Please contact us for a quote.

Thank you so much for your professional, thorough and well prepared COP3 report for my father in law. It was extremely helpful and aided us in navigating the challenging process of obtaining power of attorney when dementia was starting to worsen.

Janet S, Gloucester

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