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by Dr Sanjay
Last reviewed: October 2015
Mental health law can be a complex and challenging
area for senior clinicians.
It has significant relevance to psychiatric
practice, yet mental health law in England historically receives
little educational attention.
The principal aim of this module is to
introduce basic legal concepts that can improve the practical
application of mental health law (primarily in England) with
particular relevance to tribunal law.
Initially, we will answer questions such
The difference between statute law and
secondary legislation and how judges influence mental health law
will be examined.
We will then go on to review the impact of the
European Convention of Human Rights on domestic mental health law,
and consider changes to Mental health tribunal first tier
(tribunal) law introduced by the Tribunal Court and Enforcement Act
Finally, we will look at associated tribunal
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