Ian Harris appointed as Part Time Judge of First-tier Tribunal Restricted Patients Panel

April 2, 2014

Ian Harris from Exchange Chambers has been appointed as a Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber, to exercise the Mental Health jurisdiction within that Chamber, in respect of Restricted Patients.

In his role as a Judge, Ian Harris will chair a Tribunal that considers whether or not patients who are held under the Mental Health legislation following criminal proceedings – often for serious sexual offences, assaults or murders – are medically fit to be discharged from the hospitals or held until further order.

Tribunals are specialist judicial bodies which decide disputes in particular areas of law.