The Mental Health Act 1959 gave legislative effect to most of the recommendations contained in the report made in 1957 by the Royal Commission appointed to inquire into the then existing law relating to mental illness and mental deficiency1. The Mental Health Act 1959 was extensively amended by the Mental Health (Amendment) Act 1982, which implemented the proposals made by the government's review of the Mental Health Act 19592. Most of the provisions of the 1959 and 1982 Acts were consolidated in the Mental Health Act 19833.
Generally, the Mental Health Act 1983 applies only to England4 and Wales
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