The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Tanya Davies MP, requested
a review of the Mental Health Review Tribunal (the Tribunal) in respect
of forensic patients, and appointed former Supreme Court Judge,
the Hon. Anthony Whealy QC, to lead the Review in July 2017.
The Tribunal makes decisions on the management and
treatment of forensic patients, who are people found
not guilty by reason of mental illness; found unfit to
be tried; or found, on the limited evidence, to have
committed the offence after being found unfit to be
tried, and given a limiting term.
The Review was commissioned in response to
community concerns over the level of consideration
given by the Tribunal to public safety and the victims
affected by the offence, and the ‘transparency’ of