Mental Health Tribunal
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Mental Health TribunalA 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.