871. Magistrates' court power to make a hospital order.

871.     Magistrates' court power to make a hospital order.

Where a magistrates' court1 would have power, on convicting a person charged with any act or omission as an offence, to make a hospital order2 in his case then it may, if satisfied that he did the act or made the omission charged, make a hospital order without convicting him3.

Where the court is of the opinion that an inquiry ought to be made into the mental condition of the accused before determining the method of dealing with him, it must adjourn the case and remand