“From 9 to 11 November 2022, the First Meeting of the Special Commission (SC) on the Practical Operation of the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention was held in The Hague. […] The meeting resulted in the adoption of over 70 Conclusions & Recommendations […] Among other things, the SC confirmed that, in general, the Convention is operating smoothly and is fit for purpose. It also stressed the importance of seeing more States join the Convention. The SC also approved, in principle, the draft Practical Handbook, Implementation Checklist, and Country Profile under the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention, subject to their amendment in light of the latest comments by HCCH Members, the discussions that took place at the SC and their outcome, to be submitted for endorsement by the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP). Delegates also discussed habitual residence, ex lege representation, instructions given and wishes made by an adult in anticipation of a future impairment, issues of recognition and enforcement, Central Authority co-operation, the use of existing recommended Model Forms, direct judicial communications, and possible amendments to the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention. The Conclusions & Recommendations adopted by the SC are available” at https://assets.hcch.net/docs/06db03d0-812c-42fb-b76d-4e6e05a91b3b.pdf.
Extract: “The SC recalled that the change of habitual residence is a question of fact which will be assessed by the competent authorities called upon to make a decision on this matter. The competent authority seised is the only one that has to determine the habitual residence of the adult and whether it has jurisdiction under the 2000 Convention. In this regard, the competent authority seised could consult, if necessary, the competent authorities of the former State of habitual residence, to obtain relevant information. For example, the competent authority seised can request information relevant to assess whether the habitual residence has changed, in order to determine if it can take jurisdiction under Article 5(2), or whether the former competent authority would continue to exercise jurisdiction under other grounds (e.g., Art. 7) or if it would be appropriate to request a transfer of jurisdiction under Article 8. Recalling Articles 32 and 34, the SC noted that cooperation can take place with a view to sharing information regarding the adult’s change of habitual residence. The SC further noted that this process should be conducted diligently and without delay. The SC reminded Contracting Parties that Article 29 generally provides Central Authorities with an opportunity to exchange information, including such information as may be relevant for the purposes of Article 5(2).
11 The SC noted that, where the habitual residence of the adult changes to another Contracting Party, the competent authorities of the new habitual residence will have primary jurisdiction. Through the
exchange of information under Articles 29 and 34, a competent authority may be alerted to the change of residence of an adult, in order for this authority to determine whether it has jurisdiction to take measures of protection”