The Tribunal is an independent organisation
set up to make decisions on the compulsory care and treatment of
people with mental disorders in Scotland.
The Tribunal has a President and 300 members around
If you have a Tribunal meeting there will be a group
of three people - a doctor (psychiatrist), a lawyer, and
another person with relevant skills and experience, e.g. a nurse,
social worker, or someone with personal experience of mental
illness, learning disability, dementia or related
A Tribunal meeting is often called a 'hearing'. The Tribunal
must hear and read all the information about you and your case.
They then decide what to do about your care and treatment.
What does the Tribunal do?
The main role of the Tribunal is to consider and determine
applications for compulsory treatment orders (CTOs) under the 2003
Act. It also considers appeals against compulsory measures such as
short-term detention certificates and CTOs. The Tribunal also
reviews every CTO once it has been in place for two years and every
two years after that.
How do I contact the Tribunal?
You can write or phone the Tribunal office. You can ask your
named person, independent advocate, or solicitor to help you to do
Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland
1st Floor Bothwell House
Hamilton Business Park, Caird Park
HAMILTON ML3 0QA
Mental Health Professionals: 01698 390 000
Enquiries from patients, carers, general public: 0800 345 70 60