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Mental Health Review Tribunal Office (England)

Mental Health Review Tribunal Office (England)

The Mental Health Review Tribunal is an independent panel that can discharge you from the Mental Health Act. The tribunal hearings take place at the hospital. The tribunal has to decide if you fit the criteria for being under a section of the Mental Health Act or not.

Tribunals have the power to:
•Discharge you from your section
•Recommend that you get leave
•Recommend supervised community treatment instead of staying in hospital
•Decide on a delayed discharge or conditional discharge
•Transfer you to another hospital
•Meet up again if their recommendations are not followed. However, the hospital is not legally obliged to follow their recommendations.

 

 


You can apply to the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) if you’re admitted (‘detained’) as a patient in a psychiatric hospital (‘sectioned’) and want to be discharged. The tribunal is independent of government and will listen to both sides of the argument before making a decision.
You can apply on a patient’s behalf if you’re their:

legal representative
‘nearest relative’

The tribunal is independent of government and will listen to both sides of the argument before making a decision.

You can also apply to the tribunal if you want to change:

a community treatment order
the conditions placed on your ‘conditional discharge’ from hospital
The tribunal deals with cases in England. The rules are different in Wales and Scotland.
0300 123 2201
mhrtenquiries@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk

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