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- 19/09/20: Tribunal coronavirus Practice Direction. Amended General Pilot Practice Direction: Contingency Arrangements in the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal (Coronavirus, 14/9/20) — This extends Pilot Practice Direction: Contingency Arrangements in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal (Coronavirus, 19/3/20), with some amendments, until 18/3/21.
- 19/09/20: Coronavirus tribunal composition (non-MH). Amended Pilot Practice Direction: Panel Composition in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal (Coronavirus, 14/9/20) — This Practice Direction states that it applies to all appeals and applications within the First-tier and Upper Tribunal, except in mental health cases; however, the appointment of single judges under Amended Pilot Practice Direction: Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) (Coronavirus, 15/9/20) is said to be made under this PD. It extends Pilot Practice Direction: Panel Composition in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal (Coronavirus, 19/3/20) until 18/3/21 with some amendments.
- 19/09/20: FAQs about HESC hearings. HMCTS, 'Frequently asked questions about hearing arrangements during the coronavirus pandemic' (July-August 2020) — There are FAQs about technology, hearings and mental health tribunals. (1) The technology questions are: (a) What is Kinly CVP? (b) How do I prepare for a Kinly CVP video hearing? (c) Can I test my connection beforehand? (d) I can’t connect to Kinly CVP from my laptop/computer. What do I do? (e) What browser is best for Kinly CVP on my laptop or PC? (f) Can I use a smartphone? (2) The hearings questions are: (a) What if I want a friend to support me at the hearing? (b) What if my hearing requires interpreters or British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters? (3) The mental health questions are: (a) I would prefer to have a face to face hearing; can this be arranged? (b) I want to see the tribunal doctor before the hearing - can this be arranged? (c) I am a community patient and I cannot afford to join the hearing; (d) I need a full day’s hearing; (e) I have had my case referred to the Tribunal but I don’t want to contest it. What should I do? [Unrepresented patients referred to the tribunal "should contact the HMCTS ... and let them know that you are not contesting"!]; (f) Are the hearings private? (g) How will I be given the decision?
- 19/09/20: MHT guidance for patients. Mental Health Tribunal, 'Help for Users' (updated, 28/7/20) — This document was updated to reflect the situation as it was in July 2020. It mentions that "those cases that are listed for paper hearings under the usual procedures or cases where the patient has indicated through his or her solicitor that the detention is not contested ... are likely to be heard by a judge alone on the papers".
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- PELT: Accredited - Admission to the MHT Panel (online, 28/9/20 and 29/9/20)
- Court of Protection User Group Meeting (London, 8/10/20)
- PELT: Mental Health Act Masterclass - Legal Update (online, 14/10/20)
- PELT: Court of Protection/MCA Masterclass - Legal Update (online, 16/10/20)
- PELT: Introduction to using Court of Protection including s21A Appeals (online, 27/10/20)
- MHLA: Foundation course (Manchester, 2020, new date TBC)
- MHLA: Panel Course (Leeds, 2020, new date TBC)
- Edge Training: Liberty Protection Safeguards (London, summer 2020)
- Edge Training: DOLS Mental Health Assessors Annual Refresher Course (London, summer 2020)
- Edge Training: DOLS Authorised Signatories (London, summer 2020)
- Thalamos: Expert Report Writing - The Fundamentals (Birmingham, autumn 2020)
- Edge Training: Sexual relations, contraception, marriage and restricting contact (Manchester, summer 2020)
- Edge Training: Liberty Protection Safeguards (Manchester, autumn 2020)
- Edge Training: Transforming Care (Manchester, autumn 2020)
- PELT: Depriving Children and Young People of their liberty lawfully (Hoylake, postponed)
- Edge Training: Self Neglect and the Mental Capacity Act (London, summer 2020)
- MHLA: Legal Aid Supervision (Birmingham, 2020, new date TBC)
- MHLA: Panel Course (London, 2020, new date TBC)
- MHLA: Restricted Cases (Leeds, 2020, new date TBC)
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- Richard Jones, Mental Health Act Manual (23nd edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2020)
- Richard Jones and Eve Piffaretti, Mental Capacity Act Manual (8th edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2018)
- Brenda Hale, Mental Health Law (6th edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2017)
- Sarah Johnston, Sophy Miles and Claire Royston, Mental Health Tribunal Handbook (LAG 2015)
- Phil Fennell, Penny Letts and Jonathan Wilson, Mental Health Tribunals: Law, Policy and Practice (Law Society, 2013)