Information on representing patients at Mental Health Act (Review Panel) hearings
The Community Legal Assistance Society’s Mental Health Law Program provides representation to people who have applied to review their involuntary detention under the B.C. Mental Health Act at a hearing before the Mental Health Review Board. These hearings are usually called Review Panel hearings.
The Legal Services Society provides us with funding to hire members of the private bar to represent clients outside of the Lower Mainland, or in the Lower Mainland when the demand for our services is high. If you would like to join our roster of ad hoc lawyers, or if you would like to learn more about the Mental Health Law Program, please email Diane Nielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be advised that our ad hoc lawyers must have an LSS vendor number.
MHLP Forms & Resources
A Guide for Lawyers and Legal Advocates
This simple guide will walk you through preparing your client's case, from first interview to the end of their Review Panel hearing. It provides tips for interviewing clients living with mental disorders, obtaining medical records and navigating this area of mental health law.
BC Health Authorities Access to Health Records Forms
Lawyers and legal advocates will need these forms to obtain medical records needed to prepare for Review Panel hearings. Please find your region's authorization form below. If you learn of a new policy or form being used in your health region, please email us at email@example.com. This information will allow us to provide you the most up-to-date forms.
- Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care, and Provincial Health Services Authority
- Fraser Health Outpatient Clinics - Authorization for Release of Information - use this form for Fraser Health clients living in the community on extended leave and attending an outpatient mental health team
- Island Health
- Interior Health
- Northern Health
- BC Access Request Form - General Authorization form - use this form for all other health regions
Lawyers and legal advocates may find these sample forms and questionnaires helpful in preparing for Review Panel hearings.
Resources for clients
Self-help guide to help you prepare for your Mental Health Review Panel hearing, if you are representing yourself.
Guide to the Mental Health Act (2005) from the provincial Ministry of Health.