Mental Health Commission

Our Values: Dignity and Respect, Human Rights, Confidentiality, Quality, Accountable and Transparent, Person-Directed

Learn more about the Mental Health Commission

Mental Health Tribunals

Since the 1st November 2006, if a person is admitted to hospital against their will (involuntary patient), they are entitled to have a mental health tribunal within 21 days of your admission. The Commission is responsible for establishing these tribunals.

A mental health tribunal consists of three people, as follows:

  • A Legal Member (a Barrister or Solicitor who will act as Chairman)
  • A Lay Person
  • A Consultant Psychiatrist

The tribunal will listen to the facts surrounding the case, and make sure that a person is only detained in hospital in keeping with the law. Patients have the right to be represented at the mental health tribunal by a legal representative who is appointed by us. We will also arrange for an independent medical examination to be carried out by a Consultant Psychiatrist. Patients have the right to attend their tribunal if they want to.

The function of the mental health tribunal is to either revoke or affirm an admission or renewal order. Mental health tribunals can also consider proposed transfers to the Central Mental Hospital and proposals related to the use of psycho-surgery.

Mental Health Commission Panel Members

Summary Of Judgments Delivered By The Superior Courts On The Interpretation Of The Mental Health Acts 2001 – 2018 (As Amended)

Contact Details

Waterloo Exchange, Waterloo Road, Dublin 4

Ph: 353(1) 636 2400

Fax: 353(1) 636 2440

Eircode: D04 E5W7

GPS coordinates: 53°19'58.6"N 6°14'36.9"W