The petitioner must be present at the hearing. The person who is alleged to be in need of treatment also has a right to be present at the hearing unless waived, and the attorney appointed for the person is present.
A physician or psychologist who has personally examined the person must testify at the hearing. Assisted Outpatient Treatment only petitions require either the testimony or deposition of an evaluating doctor/psychologist and psychiatrist OR a clinical certificate from a psychiatrist plus the testimony or deposition of an evaluating doctor/psychologist.
The judge will listen to the testimony and make a decision whether or not to order mental illness hospitalization and/or outpatient treatment for the person.
After hearing testimony, the Judge may dismiss the case or grant the Petition.