MHA 1983 s75

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

There are no specific criteria for the MHRT when considering whether to absolutely discharge a conditionally-discharged patient. This is still compatible with the ECHR: see R (SC) v MHRT [2005] EWHC 17 (Admin).

Conditionally-discharged hospital direction patients can be absolutely discharged by MHRT 1/10/07

Related cases

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  • RH v South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust [2010] UKUT 32 (AAC) — (1) The Tribunal's reasons for refusing to grant the absolute discharge of a conditionally-discharged patient, against the unanimous evidence of the treating team and an independent psychiatrist, were adequate. (2) The Tribunal disagreed not with the witness's assessments but with their conclusions as to whether the restriction order should cease to have effect: that was the kind of judgment for which it is difficult to give reasons beyond those required to show that the tribunal has directed itself correctly as to the law and to show to what matters the tribunal has had regard. (3) The extensive references to the SC case were enough to show that the Tribunal had the correct legal test in mind. (4) The restrictions can continue in the absence of any mental disorder, and risk from possible future disorder is relevant, so the criteria here are very different from those for discharge of a CTO: in the latter a focus on the short-term position might be appropriate, whereas the Tribunal ..→
  • R (Martins) v Cannons Park MHRT (1995) 26 BMLR 134 — The eligibility of an un-recalled conditionally discharged patient to apply to the Tribunal under s75(2) is calculated, not from the date of a deferred conditional discharge decision, but from the date of actual release from detention in hospital under conditional discharge.
  • R (Rayner and Marsh) v SSHD [2007] EWHC 1028 (Admin) — (1) Section 75 provides an independent legal device by which the detainee may appear before a judge which is not dependent on the good will of the detaining authority and thus is Article 5 compliant; in any event, the section cannot be incompatible as means exist to operate it compatibly. (2) In order for s75 to be compatible the Secretary of State ought to refer the case of a recalled patient at once (in practice, within 72 hours) to the MHRT unless the circumstances of the applicant or his case positively require otherwise. (3) On the facts the delay in making the reference breached Article 5(4).

See also

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

  • Reference Guide to the Mental Health Act 1983, 21. Powers of the Tribunal to discharge patients, 22. Applications to the First-tier Tribunal, 23. References to the Tribunal — paragraphs 21.35 and 21.36, chapter 22, especially table 22.10, and paragraph 23.22


Applications and references concerning conditionally discharged restricted patients

75.—(1) Where a restricted patient has been conditionally discharged under section 42(2), 73 or 74 above and is subsequently recalled to hospital—

(a) the Secretary of State shall, within one month of the day on which the patient returns or is returned to hospital, refer his case to [the appropriate tribunal];[1] and
(b) section 70 above shall apply to the patient as if the relevant hospital order[, hospital direction][2] or transfer direction had been made on that day.

(2) Where a restricted patient has been conditionally discharged as aforesaid but has not been recalled to hospital he may apply to [the appropriate tribunal]—[1]

(a) in the period between the expiration of 12 months and the expiration of two years beginning with the date on which he was conditionally discharged; and
(b) in any subsequent period of two years.

(3) Sections 73 and 74 above shall not apply to an application under subsection (2) above but on any such application the tribunal may—

(a) vary any condition to which the patient is subject in connection with his discharge or impose any condition which might have been imposed in connection therewith; or
(b) direct that the restriction order[, limitation direction][3] or restriction direction to which he is subject shall cease to have effect;

and if the tribunal [gives][1] a direction under paragraph (b) above the patient shall cease to be liable to be detained by virtue of the relevant hospital order[, hospital direction][3] or transfer direction.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Transfer of Tribunal Functions Order 2008 wef 3/11/08
  2. Crime (Sentences) Act 1997
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mental Health Act 2007; Mental Health Act 2007 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2007 wef 1/10/07