Information for Nearest Relatives - Mental Health Tribunal (T117)

Find out who is a patient’s Nearest Relative, what their role is, and what happens at the Tribunal.



Use this guidance if you think you might be a patient’s ‘Nearest Relative’ (a legal term) in a First-tier Tribunal - Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health) hearing.

The guidance explains:

  • what happens during and after a Mental Health Tribunal hearing
  • who is the patient’s Nearest Relative (it’s not always the next of kin)
  • the Nearest Relative’s role
  • what a tribunal is
  • who is on a tribunal and what they do
  • how to claim your expenses

Find Mental Health Tribunal forms.

Published 1 November 2014
Last updated 24 March 2021 + show all updates
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