Under the Mental Health Act 1983, the authorities have the powers to prescribe treatment for individuals judged to be mentally disordered. They can also be detained in hospital against their will.
Such actions can be disorientating and confusing for those subject to such orders and worrying for their families.
However, you can seek legal advice and assistance in relation to such orders. You should ensure you select a solicitor who is a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel who will be familiar with this type of specialist work.
At Grahame Stowe Bateson we have partners who are members of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel as well as others who members of the Law Society Mental Health Panel.
They regularly represent appellants seeking to have their compulsory detention in hospital reviewed by an independent tribunal.
Legal Aid is automatically available for appellants of such work.
If you find yourself the subject of such an order, or if you have a relative or friend facing action under the Act, then call us now. We may be able to help