Memorandum of Understanding with the Official Solicitor

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

I noticed in the Official Solicitor's annual report that he makes reference to a 'Memorandum of Understanding' with the Ministry of Justice setting out how the OSPT works with the MoJ. It also says that this is being replaced by Framework Documents which are in development.

Please could I see a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding as it currently stands, and any previous versions dating back to 2009. Please could I also see, if it is possible, any drafts of the Framework Documents (although I appreciate that materials which are due for future publication or for policies which are currently under development may be exempt under the FOIA).

In addition, please could you update me as to the current length of the Official Solicitor's waiting list for taking on cases relating to Court of Protection welfare matters. If there is any data regarding the typical duration which a person remains on this list for, that would be very useful as well.

I previously put in a request about any correspondence between the OS and the MOJ regarding the COP welfare cases waiting list; please could I renew this request and ask to see any correspondence on this topic since I last asked (July 2012).

Thank you very much for all your efforts on this matter, they are much appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Lucy Series

ALB Governance, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Ms Series,

Please find attached the response to your Freedom of Information request of 06 February 2013.



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Dear Nicola,

Thank you very much for providing that information - that's much appreciated. I look forward to seeing the revised MoU in due course, when the MoJ and the OS have finalised it. That's great news that the waiting list has been cut.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Series