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Emma Sutton appears in a successful application concerning mental health patients’ rights to have their cases heard via video conferencing in Wales as opposed to via telephone

27th May 2021

Since March 2020 the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales, which is the legal court applicable to those who are detained under the Mental Health Act to challenge their detention, did not enable cases to be heard face to face via Video Means, in contrast to England, and has held all cases over the last 14 months to date via telephone means only. The successful application resulted in the first Mental Health Review Tribunal case in Wales to be held via video conferencing.

The tribunal’s president has confirmed that following this decision a series of trial hearings will be selected going forward in Wales to have cases heard face to face with alternative video platforms.

Emma Sutton worked with Amy Roberts-Rees, Partner in charge of the Mental Health Department at CJCH Solicitors, and Craig Mills on this successful application.

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