'Mental disorder'1 is defined by the Mental Health Act 1983 for the purposes of the statutory provisions for the reception, care and treatment of mentally disordered persons and the management of their property and affairs, and related matters2. This does not affect the general law relating to criminal responsibility3 or to civil capacity, for which the ordinary tests of legal responsibility apply4. However, the statutory definition in the Mental Health Act 1983 is sometimes applied by other statutes for their own purposes5. 'Mental disorder' is defined in the
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