Under the Mental Health Act 2001 any mental health service user who is detained against their will in a psychiatric hospital (referred to as an “approved centre” in the Mental Health Act 2001), must have their detention reviewed by a Mental Health Tribunal.
In addition, such a person is entitled to be represented by a solicitor appointed by the Mental Health Commission at the Mental Health Tribunal.
Both Anthony Carmody and Niamh Moran are members of the panel of solicitors assigned to represent people who have been detained in psychiatric hospitals. We regularly represent such persons before the Mental Health Tribunal and both are members of the Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association. In addition, Anthony is a panel solicitor for the Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board. This body reviews the detention of people who are detained in the Central Mental Hospital, either due to having been found not guilty by reason of insanity of a crime or who have been determined as being unfit to stand trial due to mental illness. The Board also reviews the detention of persons who have been transferred from prison to The Central Mental Hospital.
The Review Board was established in 2007 and Anthony was the first solicitor in Ireland to present a case to the Review Board.
Because of our experience and expertise in the field of mental health law, we are ideally placed to advise clients on any issue arising from Mental Health issues such as discrimination in the work place and the provision of services to people suffering from mental illness. Please contact Carmody Moran if you have any queries relating to mental health related issues.