The Mental Health Tribunal Members Association (MHTMA) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides an independent collective voice for fee paid members of the Mental Health Tribunal. The pages in this area provide more information about what Mental Health Tribunals do, the benefits of MHTMA membership, how we are organised, our constitution and a summary example of some of our work.

We are completely independent of the Tribunal Service Administration and the Senior Judiciary, free to express our own voice. Our common concerns can be brought to the attention of the Administration and Judiciary with a view to making our service more effective and efficient for patients detained under The Mental Health Act.

From initial soundings in April 2010 and focus group meetings in London and Manchester, a small body of members met to work out what they would like from an Association, its feasibility and what was needed in its first Constitution. This led to our Inaugural meeting in Birmingham in March 2011 funded only by members’ contributions and followed by our first AGM, held in Manchester in October 2011. Since then MHTMA has grown in size and stature, acquiring a recognised presence amongst the Tribunal Service Senior Judiciary and Administration. It now holds an Annual all day Conference noted for the high calibre of its speakers and friendly atmosphere.

MHTMA welcomes all appointed fee paid members of the Mental Health Tribunal.