990. Hearings.

990.     Hearings.

The Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales may give a direction permitting or requesting any person to attend and take part in a hearing1 to such extent as the tribunal considers appropriate or make written submissions in relation to a particular issue2.

Except where a patient requests a hearing in public3 and the tribunal is satisfied that that would be in the interests of the patient, all hearings must be held in private4. Where a hearing is held in private, the tribunal may exclude particular individuals from the hearing or part of it or permit particular