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Interim Compulsion Order

When would this be used?

If you are convicted of an offence, and the sentence is prison: 

  • the court asks for more information about your health
  • the court asks two doctors to examine you
  • the doctors must say you need to go to hospital for examination

How long can the order last for?

The court can keep you in hospital for 12 weeks. This order can be renewed every 12 weeks for up to one year.

What happens next?

In hospital, doctors will examine you and decide what treatment you require. The doctor's report helps the court to decide what to do next.

Agree to treatment?

You can be treated under Part 16 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. There is further information on our page on safeguarding treatments under mental health law. There is also information in a Scottish Government leaflet 'A guide for people involved in criminal justice proceedings'.

Can I appeal against this order?

You can appeal to the court against the order being made. Appeal means you ask the court to change its decision. You cannot appeal against it being renewed. Your doctor tells the court if the order needs to be changed or stopped.