Sophie’s Story

Sophie contacted Ruah Legal Services whilst on a Community Treatment Order (CTO).

She was unhappy with her diagnosis of Schizophrenia and the prescribed medication for that diagnosis. Sophie was scheduled to appear before the Mental Health Tribunal for a review of her CTO and sought representation.

Sophie met with a lawyer to discuss her concerns with the CTO, diagnosis and treatment. Initially, Sophie struggled to understand the legal perspective of the CTO. The lawyer was able to explain the legal criteria which are required to be met in order to maintain the CTO.

At the Mental Health Tribunal Hearing Sophie’s lawyer addressed the legal criteria of the Order meticulously.

The Tribunal agreed that there was insufficient evidence presented by Sophie’s treating team during the Tribunal hearing to suggest that Sophie didn’t have the capacity to make her own treatment decisions. The Tribunal decided that not all the legal criteria were met, and the CTO was revoked.

The lawyer put his point across effectively. His law background was great. He covered areas I didn’t have knowledge of or understand, particularly the terminology about the law.”

*Name changed to protect client privacy.

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