When would this be used?
You are waiting for your trial and the court thinks you are ill.
They ask a doctor to examine you. The doctor says that you need to
go to hospital to be examined.
How long can an Assessment Order last?
The court can order you to stay in hospital for 28 days. This
allows a psychiatrist to examine you. Seven days can be added if
the doctor needs more time.
What happens next?
The psychiatrist gives a report to the court. The court then
decides if you are well enough to go to trial. They can also decide
you need to stay in hospital for treatment.
What if I don't agree to treatment?
If you do not agree to treatment the doctor must get a second
doctor to agree. Then you can be given treatment.
Can I appeal this order?
Appeal means you ask the court to change its decision. You
cannot appeal against this order. Your doctor tells the court if
the order should be changed or stopped.