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Fee-paid Legal Members Mental Health Review Tribunal Wales

Closing date:  5 March, 2020 - 13:00

Salary:  £512 per day

Location:  The Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales covers the whole of Wales. It sits in places which are convenient for seeing patients, and in practice this means that most sittings have to take place in the hospitals themselves. It is the normal practice when selecting members to deal with particular applications, to try as far as possible to select members who live within reasonable distance of the hospital where applications are to be heard.


The JAC has been asked to identify 20 candidates suitable for selection as Fee-paid Legal Members of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales. This exercise is expected to launch on 20 February 2020.

Ferwinn Cymraeg

About the role

The Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales is an independent judicial body responsible for deciding upon the necessity for the continued compulsory detention of mentally disordered patients in hospital or the continuation of a conditional discharge, guardianship, or a community treatment order. Its powers and duties are set out in the Mental Health Act 1983 as amended.

Under current arrangements, a tribunal will be composed of three members including one legal member, one medical member and one specialist lay member. The legal member always presides over the hearing. In cases concerning restricted patients, the legal member must have been designated to hear such cases.

Who can apply

This exercise is open to those who satisfy the judicial-appointment eligibility condition on a five‑year basis.

Candidates should also be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of five years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.

The JAC encourages diversity and welcomes applications from groups currently under represented in the judiciary. The principles of fair and open competition will apply and recommendation for appointment will be made solely on merit.

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