A review will be undertaken in relation to the operation of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in respect of forensic patients. A key focus of the review will be consideration of whether current law and current operational processes and procedures appropriately balance:
The review will consider and make such findings and recommendations for administrative, procedural or legislative change as it considers appropriate regarding:
The review will be undertaken by the Hon. Anthony Whealy QC, a lawyer and former judicial officer with the significant experience and expertise required to undertake the review (the Reviewer). The Reviewer will be provided with appropriate administrative support staff.
The review will be conducted through:
The review is not to investigate or make findings in relation to individual forensic patient cases or Tribunal decisions, but instead will assess and make recommendations for improvement in relation to broader forensic administration and appointment processes (including by having regard to the findings and decisions in individual cases and Tribunal decisions).
The review is to report to the Minister for Mental Health and the Attorney General in December 2017.