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Decisions by a single judge (MHT)

For a while during the coronavirus pandemic every decision, including those that dispose of proceedings, were made by a judge alone, unless the Chamber President, Deputy Chamber President or authorised salaried judge appointed two or three people: Pilot Practice Direction: Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) (Coronavirus, 19/3/20). Since 1 June 2020 three-member panels resumed. The amended PPD now states that a judge alone may make any decision, as directed by the Chamber President or other approved judge: Amended Pilot Practice Direction: Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) (Coronavirus, 15/9/20).

At some point in 2019 (or possibly slightly earlier) the s68 paper hearings above began to be conducted by a judge alone rather than by a full panel.

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