This section contains general articles to explain the concepts and terminology used in the caselaw and legislation sections, and practical guidance for lawyers (especially trainees).
Sources of information
This category contains articles with links to and information on various useful external resources. The page Key sources of information
sets out some of the most important. See also Category:Organisations
This category contains pages relating to various organisations relating to mental health law or practice. See also Category:Resources
This category contains pages relating to the Legal Aid system in England and Wales. The main page is Legal Aid
Mental Health Act 1983
Types of patient
This category contains pages relating to various types of patient. See also Category:Types of detention
for other ways of classifying patients.
Types of detention
This category contains pages about various different types of detention. The main page is All types of detention
, which provides links to sections of the MHA 1983 relevant to all the detention provisions.
Routes to discharge
This category contains pages relating to the various routes to discharge: the main page is Summary of routes to discharge
. It also contains pages about when applications and references can or must be made to the Tribunal. Not all routes to discharge apply to all types of patient. Unrestricted patients have the following routes to discharge: Mental Health Tribunal; Hospital Managers' Hearing; Responsible Clinician; Nearest Relative. Restricted patients have the following routes to discharge: Mental Health Tribunal; Ministry of Justice.
Types of discharge
This category contains pages relating to the various types discharge: the main page is Summary of types of discharge. Not all types of discharge apply to all types of patient. See Category:Routes to discharge for details of who can grant discharge.
Restricted patients have the following options: Absolute discharge; Conditional discharge; Deferred conditional discharge.
Unrestricted patients have the following options: (Complete) discharge; Deferred discharge; Community Treatment Order.
Separate considerations apply to restricted transferred prisoners.
Changes made by MHA 2007
This category contains articles about the various changes made by the Mental Health Act 2007
, most of which came into force on 3/11/08. It is a sub-category of Category:Mental Health Act 2007
Mental Capacity Act 2005
This category contains pages relating to the provisions introduced by the Mental Capacity Act 2005
Although Mental Health Law Online is about mental health law in England & Wales, this category groups together pages about other jurisdictions. The main pages are Northern Ireland
and Southern Ireland
(1 categories, 3 pages)
Miscellaneous articles, including glossary
This category contains various general articles which don't readily fit into any of the other categories.