Thu 01 March | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | Your desk or on your portable device

Please note that this event has been rescheduled. New date: Thursday 1 March 2018

The Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) decides whether patients are fit to be released from compulsory status, make recommendations about the status of special patients and consider the status of restricted patients. This forum will look at the nuts and bolts of the processes at play in the Tribunal in addition to giving insights into the often unexplored application of human rights principles and their relevance.

The forum panel provides perspectives from a member of the Tribunal, a lawyer who appears before the Tribunal, a human rights specialist, and a forensic psychiatrist who undertook research with forensic patients who had appeared before the MHRT. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn more about the MHRT and what is expected from lawyers who appear before it.
  • Receive practical advice on how to prepare for, and what to do during, an appeal before the MHRT.
  • Gain a better understanding of how to balance what the patient needs and wants with their human rights, and the statutory limitations during this process.

Who should attend?

All lawyers who intend to, or do, appear before the MHRT and MHRT members. Lawyers who practice in the areas of mental health, disability, family and criminal law. Mental health professionals and administrators. 


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Robyn von Keisenberg 
Deputy Convenor
Mental Health Review Tribunal

Robyn is a family law barrister with over 30 years’ experience in a broad range of areas including relationship property/trust disputes, capacity and mental health issues under Mental Health Act and PPPR Act legislation and estate litigation. Robyn also represents children in COCA disputes and trust and estate litigation. 

Robyn is senior counsel on Lawyer for Subject Person lists and Lawyer for Child lists and has developed special interest in mental health. She has served on and convened a number of Law Society committees. She is currently serving as a Deputy Member on the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Paul Hannah-Jones

Paul has represented individuals before the Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Courts for 15 years, primarily in South Auckland. He has participated in and presented numerous seminars for the ADLS, the last being ‘Mentally Impaired Clients : Representing the Vulnerable’  and participated in University of Auckland, Centre for Mental Health Research projects.

He is interested in evolving Mental Health law jurisprudence, Therapeutic Advocacy, “Best Practice’ methodologies and Mental Heath research. He has served on the ADLS Disability and Mental Health Committee for many years.

Dr Lillian Ng
Senior Lecturer
University of Auckland

a forensic psychiatrist and senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.

She is currently completing her PhD research on inquiries after homicide in mental health services.

Kris Gledhill
Associate Professor

Before moving into academia in New Zealand, Kris Gledhill was a barrister in London, part of his practice being mental health law; he appeared in various precedent setting cases in mental health law. He also sat part-time as a judge of the Mental Health Review Tribunal there.

His academic contributions to mental health law include various articles, a co-edited book (New Zealand's Mental Health Act in Practice, with John Dawson, VUP, Wellington, 2014), and a sole-authored text on the intersection between mental health and the criminal justice system (Defending Mentally Disordered Offenders, LAG, London, 2012).

He is the editor of the Mental Health Law Reports and Editor in Chief of the International Journal on Mental Health and Capacity Law.


Her Honour Judge Sinclair