Hi, I’m Troy Barty. I’m a member of the Mental Health Tribunal.

A Mental Health Tribunal hearing is a meeting where three Tribunal members decide whether you must have compulsory treatment.  

The Tribunal is independent and is not part of your health service. We’d really like you to come to your hearing to tell us what you think about your treatment, and whether you need compulsory treatment. You can bring someone to support you like a family member, friend or a lawyer. 

At your hearing the Tribunal will be made up of:

  • a legal member 
  • a psychiatrist or medical Member and 
  • a Community Member. 

Before the hearing the Tribunal members read a report from your health service, relevant information from your clinical file and any information you provide.  Then there is a discussion.  We ask questions and listen to you and your treating team. All of this information helps us decide whether you need compulsory treatment.  

At the end of the hearing we tell you our decision. 

We make our decisions by applying the criteria in the Mental Health Act. There is information about these criteria and how to prepare for your hearing on our Tribunal website.

Your hearing is your opportunity to have your say and to help us understand your preferences.  

Please come along and tell us what you want.