864. Hospital orders and interim hospital orders.

864.     Hospital orders and interim hospital orders.

Where a person is convicted before the Crown Court1 of an offence punishable with imprisonment2, or is convicted by a magistrates' court3 of an offence punishable on summary conviction with imprisonment4, the court may make an order (a 'hospital order')5 authorising his admission to and detention in a hospital6 specified7 in the order, if the following conditions are fulfilled8:


    (1)     the court is satisfied on the written or oral evidence of two registered medical practitioners9 that the offender is suffering from mental disorder10, and that the mental disorder is