When would this be used?
The court decides that your trial cannot start, or must stop,
because of your mental illness or related condition. The court
orders you to stay in hospital for treatment.
The court can only do this if two doctors examine you and
How long can a Temporary Compulsion Order last
There is no fixed time for this order. It lasts until the court
decides what to do about your case.
What happens next?
Once the order is made you have to stay in hospital. The court
continues to "examine the facts". This means they try to find out
if you did the thing you have been charged with. There are rules
about when this process must start. This depends on the seriousness
of the offence you have been charged with.
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
Can I appeal against this order?
Appeal means you ask the court to change its decision. You
cannot appeal against this order.