The Covid-19 crisis continues across the globe, more questions have arisen around how this affects Mental Health detentions and tribunals. This information is correct as of 31 March, 2020.
Can I still challenge my detention under the Mental Health Act?
Yes, you can. There is new Practice Direction in place to cover the Covid-19 Pandemic. From 19th March 2020, section 2 and conditional discharge recall cases will be prioritised for listing but you can still apply for a Tribunal if you are eligible and detained under any of the Mental Health Act Sections. Please feel free to contact us here for further advice.
Changes to the way your Mental Health Tribunal will take place
There will for the time being no longer be an option for a Pre-hearing examination with the Tribunal Medical Member.
Hearings from 23rd March will be conducted by telephone, by a single Judge who will have access to speak to a Medical Member and Specialist Lay Member as required during the hearing.
One of our Accredited Mental Health Lawyers can still represent you at your Tribunal hearing (in person if the hospital/unit will allow entry as some are locked down, or if not, by telephone) and you can also attend by telephone. You can still have confidential advice by telephone, from your solicitor separate to the hearing.
The Tribunal decision will be communicated by email after the hearing so you may have a short wait for this to be received by us to pass on to you.
Cartwright King has lawyers in most areas of law, and the current information we are sharing is written by mental health lawyer Alison Ward of Cartwright King.
If you have any further queries around the above topic or otherwise, contact the firm here.