Review Panel Hearing

Mental Health Act

Review panels are a formal mechanism to ensure patients’ rights are upheld under the Mental Health Act and community treatment orders (CTOs). A review panel consists of a chairperson, a psychiatrist, and a member of the public.

Both patients and physicians can request a review panel hearing:

  • Formal patients have the right to appeal any of their certificates, including admission and renewal certificates as well as a certificate of mental incompetence.
  • Physicians may request a hearing to have a CTO issued in situations where the patient or their substitute decision-maker are not consenting to treatment they deem necessary.
  • People subject to a CTO have the right to appeal their admission certificates or their CTO.

Review Panel Information

Alberta Health, Government of Alberta