Government of New Brunswick

Vacancy for appointment

Mental Health Act Tribunals - North (zones 4, 5 and 6) and South (zones 1, 2, 3 and 7)

Alternate chairs; lay-members and alternate lay-members


The Mental Health Act Tribunals are established and obtain their mandate and authority under the Mental Health Act. Their mandate is to review requests for involuntary admissions and authorizations for giving routine clinical medical treatment without consent in a psychiatric unit.

Tribunals are established for seven (7) health zones and grouped into two (2) main categories: North includes zones 4, 5, and 6 and South includes zones 1, 2, 3, and 7, with primary chairpersons assigned to each zone. A tribunal can consist of three (3) members, one of whom shall act as chair. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may appoint alternate members for each tribunal.

Tribunal members hold office for a term not exceeding five (5) years and are eligible for reappointment.

Current positions to be filled:

The provincial government is currently seeking interested individuals for consideration for a number of alternate chairs; lay-members and alternate lay-members for the Mental Health Act Tribunals North and South.  Expressions of interest are invited to fill these positions but may also be used to fill future vacancies.

Qualifications / Commitment:

All candidates should also possess the following:

  • some knowledge of mental health issues, as well as of the New Brunswick mental health system;
  • good communication, leadership, negotiation and problem solving skills;
  • availability on short notice / flexibility / initiative / interpersonal skills; and
  •  fluent in French and English as hearings may be conducted in either of the province’s official languages.

Candidates interested in the alternate-chair positions must also be a practising member of the Law Society of New Brunswick for not less than ten years and be entitled to practise law in New Brunswick.

The composition of the Tribunal’s gender and linguistic representation, as well as the cultural and geographic diversity of the province is a consideration for appointment.  

Conditions / Compensation:

  • Alternate chairs receive remuneration of $250.00 for each hearing and $125 for each hour of travel time to attend a hearing. Alternate chairs could be required to devote at least the equivalent of one day per month to tribunal duties as necessary
  • Members and alternate members receive a per diem of $80 for attending a hearing.

Additionally, all members are remunerated for travel expenses in accordance with the Government of New Brunswick Travel Directive AD 2801.


Applicants may submit a resume and cover letter by e-mail, regular mail or fax, with details of education; volunteer, board/committee, and work experience; and contact information (telephone number, civic address and e-mail address), or complete the online application form.

While we appreciate the interest of those who submit an expression of interest, only those candidates selected for consideration will be contacted. Inquiries relating to specific opportunities can be made after the deadline passes and should be directed to the responsible department.

Term: A term not exceeding five (5) years and are eligible for reappointment.


Edward Kinley, Senior Policy Advisor
Department of Health
PO Box 5100
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5G8     

Fax: (506) 444-5236


Deadline for Submission :


Type of Appointment :

Appointment by Lieutenant-Governor in Council

Term :

A term not exceeding five (5) years and are eligible for reappointment.

Associated / Responsible Department :

E-mail address for submissions :

[email protected]

Link(s) :

Mental Health Act

Note: Please ensure you have attached necessary documents in Word or PDF format. Links to cloud-based documents (Skydrive, Google Docs, etc.) or other download areas (FTP sites) cannot be accepted due to current Government of New Brunswick security policies.