This section looks at section 36 of the Mental Health Act. It looks at the professionals you might come across in hospital, when and how courts use this section. It explains what your rights are during this section and what could happen afterwards.
- The Mental Health Act is the law that mental health professionals use to bring you to hospital for assessment and treatment. This is also known as being ‘sectioned’.
- You must need assessment or treatment in hospital. This must be the best thing for your health or safety or to protect other people.
- The Crown Court can use section 36 if they think you should be in hospital for treatment.
- They can use this section at any point during your court case.
- The hospital can treat you without your permission.
This section covers:
- What professionals might I come across in hospital?
- When will the courts use this section?
- How can the courts use this section?
- How long will I be on this section?
- What are my rights?
- Can the doctor treat me if I don’t want it?
- Will I have to go back to court?
- What might happen after this section?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service. Last reviewd August 2015 next Review August 2018.
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