MHA 1983 s66

Mental Health Act 1983
(as amended)

Law as at 19/11/11

Part V contents

65, 66, 67, 68, 68A, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79

All Parts

I, II, III, IV, 4A, V, VI, VIII, IX, X, Schedules

See Eligibility periods.

Changes made by Mental Health Act 2007

Related cases

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  • DP v Hywel DDA Health Board [2011] UKUT 381 (AAC) — WP's order for his son DP's discharge was barred by the Responsible Clinician; WP was then advised by the responsible authority that he was not the nearest relative, and that therefore his order and the barring report were of no effect; on this basis the Tribunal rejected WP's subsequent application. DP appealed. (1) The judge treated the barring report as having been withdrawn (rather than never having been valid): because there was no report, the Tribunal had no jurisdiction, so it had been correct to reject the application. (2) If the barring report had not been withdrawn, the question would have been whether a nearest-relative application made by a non-nearest-relative can be rejected: this was left undecided (despite the clear wording of s66).
  • R (OK) v FTT [2017] UKUT 22 (AAC), [2017] MHLO 3 — The First-tier Tribunal's decision to strike out a case for want of jurisdiction (on the basis that the patient had lacked capacity to make the application) was upheld in these judicial review proceedings. (1) The solicitor had applied to the Tribunal under s66 in relation to a patient detained under s3. She then sought to be appointed under Tribunal rule 11(7)(b) as the client lacked capacity to represent himself. The tribunal panel found that "[i]t does not appear that the patient has the capacity to authorise anyone to make an application on his behalf and has not done so" and adjourned the hearing to allow the patient’s solicitors "to consider whether they agree that the application is invalid or provide reasons why they consider that it is valid." (2) The tribunal had not mentioned Tribunal rule 8 (Striking out a party’s case), but was in effect making a decision under it: the rule required the Tribunal to strike out proceedings where it "does not have ..→

See also

[The chapter/paragraph numbers here refer to the 2008 versions of the Code of Practice and Reference Guide.]

Law

Applications to tribunals

66.—(1) Where—

(a) a patient is admitted to a hospital in pursuance of an application for admission for assessment; or
(b) a patient is admitted to a hospital in pursuance of an application for admission for treatment; or
(c) a patient is received into guardianship in pursuance of a guardianship application; or
[(ca) a community treatment order is made in respect of a patient; or
(cb) a community treatment order is revoked under section 17F above in respect of a patient; or][1]
(d) [...][1]
(e) a patient is transferred from guardianship to a hospital in pursuance of regulations made under section 19 above; or
(f) a report is furnished under section 20 above in respect of a patient and the patient is not discharged [under section 23 above];[1] or
[(fza) a report is furnished under section 20A above in respect of a patient and the patient is not discharged under section 23 above; or][1]
[(fa) a report is furnished under subsection (2) of section 21B above in respect of a patient and subsection (5) of that section applies (or subsections (5) and (6)(b) of that section apply) in the case of the report; or
[(faa) a report is furnished under subsection (2) of section 21B above in respect of a community patient and subsection (6A) of that section applies (or subsections (6A) and (6B)(b) of that section apply) in the case of the report; or][1]
[...][1]][2]
(g) a report is furnished under section 25 above in respect of a patient who is detained in pursuance of an application for admission for treatment [or a community patient];[1] or
[(ga)-(gc) [...][1]][2]
(h) an order is made under section 29 above [on the ground specified in paragraph (c) or (d) of subsection (3) of that section][1] in respect of a patient who is or subsequently becomes liable to be detained or subject to guardianship under Part II of this Act [or who is a community patient],[1]

an application may be made to [the appropriate tribunal][3] within the relevant period—

(i) by the patient (except in the cases mentioned in paragraphs (g) and (h) above) [...][1]
(ii) in the cases mentioned in paragraphs (g) and (h) above, by his nearest relative.

(2) In subsection (1) above "the relevant period" means—

(a) in the case mentioned in paragraph (a) of that subsection, 14 days beginning with the day on which the patient is admitted as so mentioned;
(b) in the case mentioned in paragraph (b) of that subsection, six months beginning with the day on which the patient is admitted as so mentioned;
(c) in the [case mentioned in paragraph (c)][1] of that subsection, six months beginning with the day on which the application is accepted;
[(ca) in the case mentioned in paragraph (ca) of that subsection, six months beginning with the day on which the community treatment order is made;
(cb) in the case mentioned in paragraph (cb) of that subsection, six months beginning with the day on which the community treatment order is revoked;][1]
(d) [in the case mentioned in paragraph (g)][1] [...][1] of that subsection, 28 days beginning with the day on which the applicant is informed that the report has been furnished;
(e) in the case mentioned in paragraph (e) of that subsection, six months beginning with the day on which the patient is transferred;
(f) in the case mentioned in paragraph (f) [or (fa) of that subsection, the period or periods][2] for which authority for the patient’s detention or guardianship is renewed by virtue of the report;
[(fza) in the cases mentioned in paragraphs (fza) and (faa) of that subsection, the period or periods for which the community treatment period is extended by virtue of the report;][1]
(fa) [...][1]
(g) in the case mentioned in paragraph (h) of that subsection, 12 months beginning with the date of the order, and in any subsequent period of 12 months during which the order continues in force.

[(2A) Nothing in subsection (1)(b) above entitles a community patient to make an application by virtue of that provision even if he is admitted to a hospital on being recalled there under section 17E above.][1]

(3) Section 32 above shall apply for the purposes of this section as it applies for the purposes of Part II of this Act.

[(4) In this Act “the appropriate tribunal” means the First-tier Tribunal or the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales.

(5) For provision determining to which of those tribunals applications by or in respect of a patient under this Act shall be made, see section 77(3) and (4) below.][3]

Amendments

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Mental Health Act 2007 s36, s55 & sch 11 by Mental Health Act 2007 (Commencement No. 6 and After-care under Supervision: Savings, Modifications and Transitional Provisions) Order 2008 wef 3/11/08; s1 & sch 11, s25, s32 & sch 3, s55 & sch 11 by Mental Health Act 2007 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2008 wef 3/11/08
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mental Health (Patients in the Community) Act 1995
  3. 3.0 3.1 Transfer of Tribunal Functions Order 2008 wef 3/11/08