The patient sought his discharge. A panel of three sat, but only two members voted for his release.
Held: The Act allowed a panel with a minimum quorum of three, but also required a minimum of three to vote in favour. The mere majority was insufficient. The Grindley case was not enough to allow a majority vote to be sufficient in the face of the clear words of the statute.
Mental Health Act 1983 23(4)
England and Wales
Cited – Grindley v Barker 1798
Where a number of persons are entrusted with powers not of mere private confidence, but in some respect of a general nature, and all of them are regularly assembled, the majority will conclude the minority, and their act will be the act of the . .
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Updated: 26 December 2020; Ref: scu.178432