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Mental Health Tribunals

AddressFirst-tier Tribunal (Mental Health),
PO BOX 8793,
5th Floor,
PostcodeLE1 8BN
DescriptionHM Courts and Tribunals Service reviews the cases of patients detained under the Mental Health Act and can direct the discharge of any patients where the statutory criteria for detention are not met. The review of a case will involve making a balanced judgment on a number of issues, such as:

- The patient's diagnosis and the need for medical treatment
- The freedom of the individual
- The protection of the public
- The best interests of the patient

The Tribunal's principal powers are:

- To discharge a detained patient from hospital immediately or after a short further period of detention. In some cases, the discharge will be conditional
- With a view to discharge on a future date, to recommend leave of absence, or recommend transfer to another hospital
- To recommend that the patient's Responsible Clinician consider making a Community Treatment Order

You can contact their office by telephone, email or post for further information.

Visit the tribunals pages on the Ministry of Justice website

Telephone number0300 123 2201

Record last updated: 28 July 2014