859. General effect of the legislation.

The criminal courts1 have powers under the Mental Health Act 19832 to order that an offender be admitted to hospital or placed under guardianship. If the Crown Court3 finds upon the appropriate medical evidence4 that an offender is suffering from mental disorder5 of a nature or degree which warrants hospital treatment and appropriate medical treatment is available for him, it may authorise by order his admission to and detention in hospital for that purpose6, either with or without a restriction order7. On appropriate medical evidence that an offender is suffering from mental disorder and that there is reason to

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