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Appointment of Chair and Vice Chair to the Mental Health Review Tribunal

Published byBailiff's Chambers
TypePublic notice
Date published
19 November 2020

The Mental Health Review Tribunal is governed by Part 7 of the Mental Health (Jersey) Law 2016 to hear applications for discharge from patients who are liable to detention or who are subject to guardianship, applications from patients who wish to challenge decisions on return from leave from hospital or restrictions in access to communications, to review decisions made regarding whether a patient should be transferred from Jersey for treatment in another jurisdiction and to hear applications for capacity and liberty of the patient under Part 5 of the Capacity and Self Determination (Jersey) Law 2016.

When determining applications the Tribunal consists of three people, namely a legally qualified chairperson, a medical practitioner and a lay member.

The Tribunal is now seeking a Chair and Vice Chair to fill vacancies on the Tribunal with effect from 1st January 2021. Applicants must be Advocates or Solicitors of Jersey’s Royal Court and must have no less than 5 years legal standing. Candidates should possess the intellectual capacity and range of professional legal skills to be able to perform with integrity and independence of mind, sound judgement and objectivity. An understanding of the needs of people with mental health problems, as well as a working knowledge of the Mental Health and Capacity legislation is required. An understanding of Human Rights legislation as it relates to deprivation of liberty would also be of benefit.

The time commitment is estimated to be between 10 and 12 half day meetings per year together with occasional administrative duties regarding applications and service improvement, although this will depend on the number of applications received in any one year. The term of office for those appointed will commence for a 5 year period on 1st January 2021. Legal Members must retire at the end of the year of their 72nd birthday.

An information pack can be obtained by contacting the Bailiff’s Chambers by either telephone 441107 or email to s.cartwright@gov.je.

Closing date for applications is 4th December 2020.

Appointment of Chair and Vice Chair to the Mental Health Review Tribunal
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