§ Mrs. Browning
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how members of mental health review tribunals are appointed; what training they are given; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Yeo
The Mental Health Act 1983 provides for the appointment of legal, medical and lay members of mental health review tribunals (MHRTs) by the Lord Chancellor, after consultation with the Secretary of State for Health in respect of medical and lay members. Candidates are appointed on the basis of their professional background, qualifications and other relevant experience. Training includes courses provided by the Judicial Studies Board in tribunal practice generally; MHRT induction training and peer conferences provided under the auspices of regional MHRT chairmen; and observation of hearings. All training takes account of the detailed rules of procedure laid down in the MHRT Rules 1983, made under the 1983 Act by the Lord Chancellor.