May 2023 update


  • Magic Book. The Magic Book is a database of contact details. The main idea is to add the hospitals and other places you visit (not just your own place of work). To create/edit contacts, there is no need to log in and the process is very quick and simple. See Magic Book

  • Mental Health Law Online CPD scheme: 12 points for £60. Obtain 12 CPD points online by answering monthly questionnaires. The scheme is an ideal way to obtain your necessary hours, or to evidence your continued competence. It also helps to support the continued development of this website, and your subscriptions (and re-subscriptions) are appreciated. For full details and to subscribe, see CPD scheme.

  • Cases. By the end of this month, Mental Health Law Online contained 2314 categorised cases

  • Chronology. See May 2023 chronology for this month’s changes to the website in date order.


  • Guidance for patients. Tribunal guidance T122: Information for non-restricted patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (27/9/22) — The tribunal secretariat emails this to representatives (requesting that it be sent to the patient) and presumably sends it directly to unrepresented patients. Headings: The tribunal; Members of the tribunal; What the tribunal does; Recommendations the tribunal can make; How to apply to the tribunal; When to apply to the tribunal; When a hearing will take place; After you apply; Legal representation; Where the tribunal will be held; If you change your mind about having a tribunal; The tribunal hearing; Support at the hearing from someone other than a legal representative; The tribunal decision; Appeal against a tribunal decision; Further information.


  • Event. Event:Bond Solon: LPS - What next? (online, any time) — This 40 minute free webinar discusses: Where the announcement leaves everyone? What to do now. Who is accountable for the backlog? How the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act should be applied to DoLS. The importance of continuing to build local LPS networks to address the problem of the increasing numbers of people who are being unlawfully deprived of their liberty. Speaker: Max Duddles. See Bond Solon website for further details and booking information.