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Mental Health Tribunals: Law Practice and Procedure
is a highly practical reference work for all those appearing before the tribunal and for tribunal members themselves. Detailed explanatory commentary about the organisation, procedure and jurisdiction of the Tribunal is followed by an analysis of Tribunal powers in relation to both non-offender and offender patients.
This new edition has been methodically revised to take into account the developing procedure of the Tribunal system, the ongoing development of the mental health and mental capacity acts, as well as noting all significant case-law since the previous edition.
In addition to explanatory commentary, the work will be supplemented by a host of relevant materials including legislation and codes of practice, providing a one-stop-shop for tribunal members and those appearing before the Tribunal.
REVIEW OF PREVIOUS EDITION
"a very worthwhile contribution to an important and sensitive subject and will be of real benefit to practitioners and others seeking an understanding of the law and practice"
From the Foreword by His Hon Judge Philip Sycamore
Chamber President of the First-Tier Tribunal (Health Education and Social Care)
In describing the rationale for this book, I am not able to improve upon the introduction to Mental Health Review Tribunals – Essential Cases (Kris Gledhill, Southside Legal Publishing Ltd, 2nd edn, 2011) where he states:
‘The law relating to detention on the basis of mental disorder and the tribunal at the centre of applications for release should be settled and certain, given that it involves deprivation of liberty and a vulnerable population, two factors that make it important that the law be clear.’
The purpose of this book is to be of use to the entire spectrum of participants (from whichever perspective) who are involved in Mental Health Tribunals. It is intended to provide clear and practical assistance in respect of not only the long-established principles behind Mental Health Tribunals, but also to take the opportunity of covering the changes brought about by the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 (including the new Rules and the new Appellate Tier). If it contributes even in modest measure to clarity on the law and practice, then it will have achieved its objectives.
Deans Court Chambers
24 St John Street
Manchester & Preston
This new edition, first produced at a time of significant change in mental health law and practice, with the implementation of both the Mental Health Act 2007 and the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, remains a very welcome addition to the material available to those concerned in the field of mental health law. The author is an experienced practitioner and part-time Tribunal Judge in the Mental Health jurisdiction. He brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to this work and is to be congratulated on his understanding of the legislation, Rules and Tribunal Structure.
This is a very worthwhile contribution to an important and sensitive subject and will be of real benefit to practitioners and others seeking an understanding of the law and practice.
His Honour Judge Phillip Sycamore,
Chamber President of the First-Tier Tribunal
(Health Education and Social Care)
Barrister, Deans Court Chambers; part-time Tribunal Judge, First-Tier Tribunal (Health Education and Social Care) Mental Health; author of Community Care Law and Local Authority Handbook
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