Mental Health Tribunal


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Mental Health Tribunal

A body of the Health and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal or, in Wales, Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales, which convenes at the hospital where a patient with mental health issues is detained under Section 5(4) of the Mental Health Act 1983, and determines whether the grounds for detention under the Act continue to exist.

The MHT was created to protect the rights of persons involuntarily detained in hospital, and considers appeals by detainees. The panel consists of a lawyer (often a judge), a doctor (often a psychiatrist) and a lay member, and can discharge the detainee or make other recommendations. One can appeal to the High Court against MHT decisions.
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Arnold's Section was lifted by a Mental Health Tribunal against advice.
Camden and Islington NHS Trust said in a statement: "During his time with us, we can confirm that he was seen in compliance with the conditions imposed by the Mental Health Tribunal who oversaw his earlier discharge in 1997.
Bristol Crown Court heard psychiatrists had opposed Barry's release, but a mental health tribunal ruled that he should be discharged.
From divulging apparent "new" information to requesting a further mental health tribunal in 2013, Brady did all he could to remain in the public eye, even when in confinement.
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A mental health tribunal last December found he no longer needed specialist treatment and he was transferred to Category A Frankland Prison in Co Durham, saving taxpayers PS250,000 a year.
He will only ever be released if a mental health tribunal decides he poses no danger to the public.
I was pleased when I had my last mental health tribunal and they said I was sane.
I contacted a senior police officer who made some enquiries and discovered that he had in fact been on several day visits to our town, and that a mental health tribunal now considered him suitable for release into the community.
Ms MacMillan is also a member of the Law Society panel of accredited mental health tribunal solicitors and represents clients who are detained (sectioned) or otherwise subject to compulsory powers under the mental health legislation.
Judge Alan Parker, who imposed a restriction meaning Chahal cannot be discharged without the approval of a Mental Health Tribunal, said: "Whether or not he had a belief that the complainant was dealing in drugs, the defendant had equipped himself with a deadly weapon in order to take the law into his own hands.
He will not be released from the hospital order until doctors and a mental health tribunal decide it is safe.

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