A Crown Court can send you to hospital for treatment at any time during your case if you need it. They can do this under section 36 of the Mental Health Act 1983. This section looks at when and how courts use this section, and the professionals you might come across. 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 June 2018 next Review June 2021.
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