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Consultation outcome: Consultation on Mental Health Tribunal reforms

Tribunal Procedure Committee

June 23
07:49 2020

Consulation response

Detail of outcome

Since the commencement of the TPC consultation process the country has entered a period of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, the TPC made emergency changes to the Tribunal Procedure Rules on a temporary basis by the Tribunal Procedure (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Rules 2020, to allow cases to be dealt with across all jurisdictions during the pandemic. These amendments included, by paragraph 2(5), the change to rule 37 of the HESC Rules proposed in this consultation.

That obviously could not have been foreseen when this consultation was launched. However, in this situation, the TPC considers it appropriate to delay making a decision on a permanent change so that the effects of the temporary change can be monitored and the results assessed before it makes a final decision. Accordingly, the TPC will return to this matter in due course.

Original consultation

Summary

Seeking views on the way that the First-tier Tribunal lists hearings in relation to applications by patients detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

This consultation ran from
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Consultation description

The Tribunal Procedure Committee (TPC) is interested to receive your views on one proposal to change the way that the First-tier Tribunal lists hearings in relation to applications by patients detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA), dealt with in the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (HESC).

Responses to the consultation will be considered by TPC.

TPC is responsible for making Tribunal Procedure Rules for the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal.

Documents

Consultation document

Questionnaire

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