Apply for a tribunal review

If you, or somebody you are the primary carer for, are given an involuntary treatment or an interim community management order, your doctor must inform you within 24 hours of your right for an early review by the tribunal. 

You must tell your doctor if you want an early review. This means you do not have to wait the standard two weeks before your case is heard by the tribunal.

Your lawyer should be contacted. Both they and your doctor will speak with you about the positives and negatives about asking for an early review.

You can request an early review directly to the tribunal or through your lawyer, who will make a written submission for your case to be heard.

To request an early review by the tribunal call 1800 604 622 or (08) 8944 8358, or send an email to AGD.ntcat@nt.gov.au.

Get help preparing for your review

If you have asked for a review by the Mental Health Review Tribunal you have the right to:

  • have a lawyer represent you, this can be either:
    • a private lawyer
    • a Legal Aid lawyer
    • a Aboriginal Legal Aid Service lawyer
  • have a family member, friend, carer (if you are the subject of the review) or community health representative be present during the hearing
  • use an interpreter if English is not your first language
  • have an Aboriginal health worker or liaison be present if you are an Indigenous person.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017