Change of Name

Change of Name

There are special rules for some forensic patients who wish to change their name. A forensic patient who was given a limiting term or has been found to have committed the criminal act but is not criminally responsible must seek the Tribunal’s approval before applying to the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages to change his/her name.

If a forensic patient is also registered under the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act the patient must seek the permission of the Commissioner of Police and the Tribunal before changing his/her name.

To arrange a hearing, the patient’s treating clinician should email the Tribunal with:

  • A letter from the patient explaining why the patient wishes to change name.
  • A letter from the case manager or psychiatrist outlining the patient’s current mental state and giving an opinion as to whether the wish to change nameis attributable to the symptoms of mental illness,
    • would affect the security, discipline or good order of any facility at which the patient is accommodated,
    • would jeopardise the health or safety of the patient or another person,
    • is likely to be used to further an unlawful activity or purpose or to evade or hinder the patient’s supervision.

A hearing will be held to consider the application. The patient and her or his case manager attend. Registered victims will be notified of the forensic patient’s proposal to change their name and may make submissions on whether the new name is offensive to them.