People who have been detained in a Mental Health Unit for assessment (under Section 2) or treatment (under Section 3), have the right to appeal to a Mental Health Tribunal. The Tribunal independently reviews the patient’s detention and has the power to order the patient’s discharge from hospital.
In most instance a patient can also ask for his/her detention to be reviewed before a Hospital Manager’s Hearing that has similar powers to the Tribunal.
People who are detained in a Mental Health Unit under a Hospital Order, following a criminal conviction, may also have their detention reviewed by a Tribunal.
The Mental Health Tribunal can also review whether a Community Treatment Order should remain in place.
Contact the experts
Our specialist mental health lawyers can advise you further about applications to the Mental Health Tribunal and we can also represent you.
All clients who wish to appeal to the Mental Health Tribunal are entitled to legal aid. Those who wish to apply for a Hospital Managers’ Hearing may be eligible for free legal advice, depending on their financial situation.
If you would like to know more or need our help please call us now on 020 8514 9000 and ask to speak with one of our Mental Health lawyers.