Detained in hospital

Ormistons being very much focused and specialised in areas of Mental Health law conduct tribunals across Scotland on a daily basis.

Our clients are often subject to detentions and compulsory measures in the hospital and have legal rights to appeal against these measures. A detention can vary from a short term detention, compulsory treatment order, compulsion order and restriction order. A person can even feel as though they are detained but they are not on any legal order keeping them in hospital. Any person subject to measures, or any person that acts as a named person, primary carer or welfare guardian in relation to a person subject to such measures is entitled to Legal Aid to exercise their legal rights of appeal. An appeal can take many forms, whether that be seeking revocation of legal detentions altogether, having them varied to community or to consider whether they are appropriately placed in terms of security level.

What can be expected?

We aim to see new clients same day or within 24 hours regardless of where you are.
You will always work with a solicitor with mental health legal experience in tribunals and representation.
A helpful and empathetic telephone advice line to assist with all your queries.
We aim to provide a prompt service as we understand that a passage of time is more time spent under compulsory measures

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In Ormistons, we recognise the need for a specialist mental health legal service across the length and breadth of the Scottish mainland and Isles. For that reason, the same level of service is provided regardless of geographical location.

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Legal Aid

11th Dec
Legal Aid is available to all eligible clients. Eligibility is assessed by solicitors and is available in full for persons that are detained under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and wish to consider appealing. This is also available to named persons and interested parties.
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Suite 5, Unit 3 Lomond Business Park
Baltimore Road
Fife,  KY6 2PJ

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