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Mental Health: Law and Practice Second edition

A comprehensive guide to the operation of the Mental Health law in the UK.
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ISBN/ISSN: 9781846612404

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Why should you buy Mental Health: Law and Practice

This edition builds on the success of Mental Health: The New Law (Jordan Publishing New Law Series) which was published in response to the Mental Health Act 2007.

This edition has been extensively revised to include all the latest developments including:

  • changes to Tribunal system following the implementation of the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act
  • the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2008
  • introduction of the Deprivation of Liberty provisions and accompanying Code of Practice

Written by one of the country’s leading experts in mental health law, Mental Health: Law and Practice is essential reading for all mental health legal advisers, Tribunal Judges, mental health practitioners and social workers.

The text of the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended) is reproduced in full, together with selected provisions from other relevant statutes.


The amendments introduced by the Mental Health Act 2007 (‘MHA 2007’) to the Mental Health Act 1983 (‘MHA 1983’), the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘MCA 2005’) and the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (‘DVCVA 2004’) have now been brought fully into force. A consolidated version of the MHA 1983 is provided in the Appendix.

The Deprivation of Liberty safeguards in Schedule A1 to the MCA 2005 came into force in April 2005. Unlike the first edition, this book does not contain the full text of the Deprivation of Liberty provisions of the MCA 2005, nor does it contain the amended provisions of the DVCVA 2004. However, the deprivation of liberty procedures and the relevant case law are discussed in detail in chapter 6, and the impact of the DVCVA 2004 is discussed in chapters 7 and 9. Read the full preface...

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Table of contents

  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Table of Cases
  • Table of Statutes
  • Table of Statutory Instruments
  • Table of International and European Legislation
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Background
  • Overview of the Mental Health Act 2007
  • ‘Mental Disorder’ and the Availability of Appropriate Treatment 
  • Statutory Powers and Responsibilities: the Powers and Duties of Mental
    Health Staff 
  • Relatives, Independent Mental Health Advocates, and Hospital
  • Powers of detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental
    Capacity Act 2005
  • Detention of Mentally Disordered Offenders
  • Compulsory Powers in the Community
    Discharge and review of the lawfulness of detention by Mental Health
    Tribunals and the courts
  • Consent to Treatment for Mental Disorder
  • Children
  • Criminal Offences and Transfer of Patients between Jurisdictions
  • Appendix
  • Index
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