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Procedures concerning handling representations from victims

This Guidance Note is drafted to assist judges and members of the First-tier Tribunal, Mental Health – (the tribunal) – in handling relevant representations from the victims of patients, where such patients have applications or referrals before the tribunal. This guidance has been issued by the Chamber President of the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber and it is intended to promote consistent and high standards in making judicial decisions, particularly in relation to Rule 5 (Case management powers); Rule 15 (Evidence and submissions), Rule 33 (Notice of proceedings to interested persons); Rule 36 (Entitlement to attend a hearing), and Rule 38 (Public and private hearings).