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Mental Health Court

Brynn Marr Hospital holds Mental Health Court hearings on Friday mornings at 10 a.m. Adult patients, ages 18 and older, admitted to Brynn Marr Hospital pursuant to a Petition for Involuntary Commitment must have a court hearing before a District Court Judge within ten (10) days following admission. This hearing is required by North Carolina General Statute 122C-268. Minor patients (anyone under 18 years of age who is not married or legally emancipated) admitted on either a voluntary or involuntary basis to Brynn Marr Hospital must have a court hearing before a District Court Judge within fifteen (15) days following admissionas required by North Carolina General Statute 122C-224.

For patients admitted to Brynn Marr Hospital by midnight on Monday, the court hearing will be scheduled for Friday of the same week through our Mental Health Court program. For patients admitted after midnight on Monday, a court hearing will be scheduled for Friday of the week following admission.

An individuals named as a Petitioner in Involuntary Commitment proceedings will receive a Notice of Hearing from the Onslow County Clerk of Court which will give information regarding the scheduled Court date and time. Petitioners are encouraged to attend scheduled hearings; failure to appear at the hearings may result in the Judge ordering a subpoena compelling the appearance at a hearing scheduled following a one-week postponement.

If the patient is discharged from Brynn Marr Hospital prior to the scheduled Court date, the hearing is cancelled and the patient and legally responsible person are not required to return to Brynn Marr Hospital anticipating a hearing.

The number of hearings scheduled for Fridays will vary from week to week; therefore, persons attending hearings should be prepared for a waiting period of one (1) to three (3) hours to conclude. Individuals planning to attend are asked to arrive promptly at 9:45 a.m., and hearings are presented privately and individually before a District Court Judge. An attorney will be appointed, at no cost to the patient or family, to represent the patient at the Court hearing. The patient or the legally responsible person may request a privately retained attorney to represent the patient at the hearing; the expenses incurred for the services of the privately retained attorney will be the responsibility of the patient or legally responsible person.

If you have any questions regarding this process or are unable to attend the scheduled hearing, please contact Onslow County Clerk of Superior Court between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (910)-478-3600, asking for the Clerk of Court representing Brynn Marr Hospital.

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