The Mental Health Tribunal is not a part of a hospital or clinic. It is an independent tribunal, even if hearings occur at the hospital or service, that makes decisions about treatment orders and whether people can receive .
Although it has legal powers, it is not as formal as a court. It has members who are doctors, lawyers and community members.
If you disagree with the decision you can:
- apply to the tribunal again later
- take other legal action, such as getting a second opinion or applying to the .
What the tribunal does
The Mental Health Tribunal can decide:
- if you meet the
- if you should be on a community treatment order instead of an inpatient treatment order
- to take you off a community, inpatient or temporary treatment order
- the length of your treatment order
- whether or not you meet the requirements for in certain cases.
Getting legal help at tribunal hearings
Victoria Legal Aid and the may be able to provide you with a lawyer to represent you at the tribunal. You can call Victoria Legal Aid () and the Mental Health Legal Centre (), or ask an advocate to make a referral to them and they will contact you. This service is free.
You can also download Victoria Legal Aid's free publications:
Are you on a treatment order, which includes a form to revoke your treatment order.
Getting support from our advocates
If you prefer to represent yourself at the tribunal, our advocates can help you understand how the tribunal works, and give you information which will help you get ready to speak on your own behalf.
In most instances our advocates will not attend tribunal hearings with you, but you can take a support person with you. We do not provide legal representation or specific advice about how the law applies in your particular situation.
Reviewed 26 September 2023