Remember that it is your legal right to have a review panel hearing.

When you arrive at the review panel hearing, the review panel chair will introduce everyone and briefly explain to you and everyone else at the hearing how the hearing will work, including the order in which people will speak and ask questions.

You or your representative will have a chance to present evidence, ask questions of the other party and their witnesses and make a final summary statement.

The hearing generally lasts around two-three hours. At the end of the hearing, the review panel will inform you of the outcome of your application – either discharge from involuntary status or continued detention.

If you do not agree with the review panel decision, go to “What Happens After the Hearing” page for more information.