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Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

Section 37: Representations

120.Section 37 follows on from section 36 and requires the board to forward the victim’s representations to the authority making decisions on discharge. The Home Secretary is required to inform the board if he is considering lifting the restrictions, discharging the patient (and if so whether that is subject to conditions) or varying conditions of discharge. A Mental Health Review Tribunal is required to inform the board of applications or references of the patient’s case which may lead to discharge or variation of conditions. The board is then required to pass any information so received to a victim who has expressed a wish to make representations so that he may do so. The board must also pass that information to a victim who, regardless of whether he expressed a wish to or not has, in fact, made representations on the matters described in section 36.

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