Named Persons

Under Mental Health Legislation a person may be nominated as named person to another person subject to compulsory measures, if this role is accepted, the named person carries the same legal rights of appeal against such compulsory measures imposed. Examples of a named persons rights are -

  • to be consulted for example when a short term detention or an application for a compulsory treatment order is being considered;
  • to make applications or appeals to the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland, and to speak and give evidence at a hearing.

A named person is also entitled to non means tested Legal Aid to make any such applications to the Mental Health Tribunal on the basis that the applications relate to persons subject to the Mental Health Act.

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