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  1. A one year analysis of appeals made to mental health review tribunals in New Zealand.

    Article - En anglais

    Objectives 

    The aim of the paper is to present data on the first year of all appeals lodged with a Mental Health Review Tribunal against compulsory treatment orders of psychiatric inpatients.

    Method 

    Two tribunals have been in operation in New Zealand since the introduction of a new Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act in 1992.

    The case records of all patients who had appeals heard by either the Northern or Southern regional tribunal from 16/12/92 to 7/12/93 inclusive were examined.

    Results 

    145 appeals were heard by the tribunals : 14.5% of appeal hearings resulted in the discharge of a patient from their compulsory treatment status.

    Discharge rates for the Southern Tribunal were found to be significantly higher at 22%, compared with 10% for the Northern Tribunal (p<0.05).

    Application for appeal was initiated by the patient in 72% of cases ; District Inspectors initiated the remaining cases.

    District Inspectors were found to initiate significantly more female review applications (47%) than male applications (22%) (p<0.05).

    Of the appeals heard, 126 were lodged under s. 79 of the Mental Health Act.

    The remaining cases were s

    80 (special) cases : in no case was discharge from compulsory treatment recommended.

    Overall, 69% of appellants were represented by a lawyer.

    It was found however that engaging legal representation did not significantly increase patients'chances of successful discharge but did delay the hearings.

    Also considered ...

    Mots-clés Pascal : Psychiatrie médicolégale, Nouvelle Zélande, Océanie, Internement, Traitement, Justice, Législation, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Forensic psychiatry, New Zealand, Oceania, Mentally ill commitment, Treatment, Justice, Legislation, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0203363

    Code Inist : 002B18G. Création : 199608.