553. Findings as to insanity of the accused.

A person is unfit to stand trial if he is under a disability such that apart from the Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Act 1964 it would constitute a bar to his being tried on indictment in England and Wales1. The question of fitness to stand trial must be determined as soon as it arises2 and is determined by the judge advocate3. However, if, having regard to the nature of the supposed disability, the judge advocate is of the opinion that it is expedient to do so and in the interests of the defendant, he may postpone consideration of the question