There is no formal appeal process at the Mental Health Review Board. However, after a review panel has issued its decision, if you believe the decision was wrong or the hearing process was unfair, you have other options:
- An application to the courts for a judicial review – There is a time limit for applying for a judicial review and the role of a reviewing court is limited.
- A separate application to the courts may be made under section 33(2) of the Mental Health Act for an order prohibiting admission or directing the discharge of an individual.
- A request to the Mental Health Review Board to reopen your application under section 25.1(5) of the Mental Health Act . You may wish to seek legal advice about this option.
While it is possible to pursue a judicial review or an application to courts without a lawyer, you are strongly encouraged to have legal representation should you decide to do this.
For more information, please review Appeal Review and Complaint Procedures.