In Scotland, there are several pieces of law
that ensure people with a mental illness, learning disability or
related condition get appropriate treatment and have their rights
The Mental Welfare Commission has duties under the Mental
Health (Care & Treatment)(Scotland) Act
2003 and the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.
We monitor the acts to see how the law is being used. We also help
professionals, service users and carers to understand the law and
put it into practice.
We're not solicitors, so we can't give legal advice. But we can
help by looking at how best to apply legal and ethical principles
to individuals' care and treatment.