Mental health review tribunals are independent judicial bodies that operate under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Health Review Tribunal Rules 1983. A tribunal’s main purpose is to review the case of patients detained under the Mental Health Act and to direct the discharge of patients that satisfy the statutory criteria for discharge.
Tribunals may also discharge patients not meeting the statutory criteria by making a balanced judgement regarding a number of serious issues such as the freedom of the individual, the protection of the public and the best interests of the patient.
We provide psychiatric expert witnesses to assess and report on cases that require independent expert opinion within the mental health tribunal system. Our psychiatrists can report back in as little as two weeks from instruction and are available to attend tribunals and give evidence.
Foresight's psychiatric experts are also able to provide parole board assessments and regularly do so throughout the UK prison system. Due to the depth of expert provision Foresight provides, psychiatrists are available nationwide and at short notice.
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