‘Party’ is defined in rule 1 as anyone appearing in the first column below. Further notes appear in the second column where appropriate.
|The patient.||In all cases.|
|The responsible authority||‘Responsible authority’ is defined in rule 1 as:
|The Secretary of State||If the patient is a restricted patient or in a reference under rule 32(8) (seeking approval under section 86 of the Mental Health Act 1983)|
|Any other person who starts a mental health case by making an application||Note that neither the nearest relative (unless he is the applicant) nor the victim is a party.|
Under rule 9(2) the Tribunal ‘may give a direction adding a person to the proceedings as a respondent’. Such a respondent is not a party as defined in the rules.