Reference to Tribunal by Scottish Ministers
Section 209: Commission’s power to require Scottish Ministers to make reference to Tribunal
372.Section 209 gives power to the Commission to require the Scottish Ministers to refer the hospital direction or transfer for treatment direction to which a patient is subject to the Tribunal, if the Commission considers that such a reference is appropriate. The Commission must notify the Scottish Ministers of this requirement in writing and include its reasons for making the request.
Section 210: duty of Scottish Ministers on receiving report from responsible medical officer
373.Section 210 provides that, where the Scottish Ministers receive a report from the responsible medical officer recommending that a hospital direction or a transfer for treatment direction be revoked, the Scottish Ministers must consider the matters in section 212(2)(a) to (c). The Scottish Ministers are under a duty to revoke where, having considered those matters, they are not satisfied that the patient has a mental disorder or they are satisfied that the patient is suffering from a mental disorder but are not satisfied that as a result of that disorder it is necessary, in order to protect any other person from serious harm, for the patient to be detained in hospital, whether or not for medical treatment, and they are not satisfied that the conditions listed in section 206(4)(b) and (c) continue to apply.
374.Subsection (3) provides that, where the Scottish Ministers decide not to revoke the direction, they must refer the case to the Tribunal. Notice of the reference must be given by the Scottish Ministers to the persons listed in subsection (4) and the reference must state the information set out in subsection (5). The notice must be given before the reference is made.
375.Subsection (6) makes equivalent provision for this section to that made by section 193(10) for that section.
Section 211: notice under section 209(2): reference to Tribunal
376.Section 211 provides that, where the Commission has notified the Scottish Ministers under section 209(2) that they require the Scottish Ministers to refer a patient’s case to the Tribunal, the Scottish Ministers have a duty to refer the patient’s case to the Tribunal as soon as practicable. Notice that the reference is to be made must be given by the Scottish Ministers as soon as practicable to the persons listed in paragraphs (a) to (g) of subsection 210(4) and the reference must state the information set out in subsection (4).