Appointment of a tribunal and hearing date
31. On receipt of an assessment application the tribunal shall—
- (a) fix a date for the hearing, being not later than 7 days from the date on which the application was received, and the time and place for the hearing;
- (b) give notice of the date, time and place fixed for the hearing to the patient;
- (c) give notice of the application and of the date, time and place fixed for the hearing to the responsible authority, the nearest relative (where practicable) and any other person who, in the opinion of the tribunal, should have an opportunity of being heard;
and the chairman shall appoint the members of the tribunal to deal with the case in accordance with rule 8.