|_creationDate||2018-10-22 4:00:39 PM|
|_modificationDate||2019-02-01 1:30:40 PM|
|_pageNameOrRedirect||Tribunal Procedure Committee, 'Minutes' (25/7/18)|
|Author||Tribunal Procedure Committee|
Minutes of 25/7/18 meeting, including the news that the proposals to abolish pre-hearing medical examinations and to reduce the number of oral hearings had been abandoned (the context for this included the ongoing MHA review, Rethink's FOI requests and the overwhelmingly negative response to the consultation).
'''4. HSW Sub-group (HSWSG)'''
'''Mental Health Tribunal (MHT): Proposals for Rule changes'''
4.1 The TPC public consultation had considered 1) abolishing Pre-Hearing Examinations and 2) enabling
judges to make more decisions on the papers without an oral hearing. CM said that the consultation had
ended on the 14 June 2018. The TPC Secretariat received approximately 200 replies. A HSWSG meeting
had been held on the 18 July to consider the replies, and a schedule of the replies prepared by the TPC
Secretariat had been circulated to members of the TPC.
4.2 CM said that she had attended a meeting on 19 July 2018 with the independent team conducting the
review of the Mental Health Act 1983. The purpose of the Review is to consider how practice could be
improved in the MHT for service users and professionals. The attendees included Professor Sir Simon
Wessely (review Chair) and Alex Keene (review legal advisor) and government officials.
4.3 PR said that the TPC Secretariat had replied to the second Freedom of Information request regarding
the recent TPC consultation for procedural reform to the MHT.
4.4 CM thanked the MoJ Policy attendees for the update paper that had been circulated to the HSWSG
and TPC. The paper detailed the Parliamentary interest in the TPC consultation and also provided a
4.5 KS joined the meeting as a guest and answered questions from the TPC members in relation to the two
proposed changes to MHT rules. PR thanked KS for his assistance in clarifying the issues. (KS left the
4.6 The TPC noted that the consultees were overwhelmingly opposed to the rule changes. After full
discussion and reference to the reasons given in various consultation responses, the TPC agreed that it
would not be appropriate to make either of the proposed rule changes.
4.7 CM said that she would start preparing a draft response. The plan was to have a draft which the TPC
would consider at their next scheduled meeting, with the aim for the TPC to publish its response in the
AP/40/18: To prepare a draft response for the 04 October TPC meeting. - CM
*[[Phillip Sycamore, Mark Hinchliffe and Joan Rutherford, 'Representations to the Tribunals Procedure Committee from the Chamber President, Deputy Chamber President and Chief Medical Member (HESC)' (undated, probably late 2017)]]|
2018-07-25 TPC Minutes.pdf