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Electronic Audio Recording Project

Electronic Audio Recording Project

Phase 2

The Mental Health Review Tribunal (the Tribunal) has commenced phase two of its project in relation to the electronic audio recording of hearings.

Based on the findings of the phase one project report (available below), the Tribunal had agreed in principle to proceed with audio recordings of hearings. Phase two will now involve a trial period of recording.

From 7 September 2020 for a period of approximately 2 weeks, a limited number of hearings will be recorded with the permission of all people in attendance at the hearing. The Tribunal’s policy in relation to the trial, which outlines how the recording will be made, used, stored, and maintained can be found below.

In addition, an information sheet will be provided to patients with their hearing notices should their hearing be part of the trial. This information sheet can also be downloaded below.

Outcomes of the trial will be made available on the Tribunal’s website once complete, along with further advice regarding the next phase of the project.

Should you have any queries in relation to this matter in the meantime, please contact the Tribunal here.

Phase 1

The Mental Health Review Tribunal (the Tribunal) has concluded phase one of its project in relation to electronic audio recording of hearings.

Based on the findings of the project report, the Tribunal has agreed in principle to proceed with audio recording of hearings. The next phase of the project will involve investigation of the most appropriate manner to implement electronic recording.  The Tribunal will need to ensure that that the implementation is managed in such a way that maximises the benefits and minimises the risks of harm identified in the project report.

The Tribunal would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey and/or provided a written submission.

Further details regarding the implementation of recording will be made available as appropriate.