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A Community Treatment Order, hereinafter CTO, orders a person(s) in the community to receive compulsory treatment. These orders are made by the Mental Health Tribunal or a Court and once made, CTO’s are legally binding and may be enforced for up to twelve (12) months.

Persons who can apply for a CTO are usually (but not always) doctors, a director of a community health centre or the primary care giver. When preparing a CTO Application there may be specific requirements to fulfil, for example, providing sufficient evidence and/or reasons for the purpose of the CTO Application. Therefore, should you obtain legal advice before submitting a CTO Application. At Navado, our team of Mental Health Lawyers can guide you through the process as well as ensuring you have fulfilled the necessary requirements.

Before making a CTO Application, it is important to know that should an Order be placed upon an individual, they will generally have the right to appeal. If you are an individual who has had a CTO made against them and you wish to appeal the Order, our team of Mental Health Lawyers can assist you. Our Mental Health Lawyers can review the Order and relevant documents, provide you with an understanding of your rights and obligation under the CTO, discuss with you strategic steps to resolve the matter and if required appear and represent you in the Mental Health Tribunal or Court.

Further, if an Order is made against you and you do not comply, you may be required to take forced treatment and/or be involuntary admitted into a Mental Health Facility. If you have breached or not complied with your Order it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. Our Mental Health Lawyers can provide you with legal advice in relation to your obligations under the CTO and assist you resolving your matter.

If you need assistance in respect of a Community Treatment Order, our Mental Health Lawyers are here to help. To book your first free consultation with a Solicitor from our Mental Health Law team, please contact our Sydney CBD Head Office by telephone on (02) 9233 4048 or send an email to info@navado.com.au. For a complete list of our branch locations, please peruse our ‘locations’ tab.

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