967. Powers to direct discharge of non-restricted patients.

Where an application1 is made to the appropriate tribunal by or in respect of a patient2 liable to be detained3 under the Mental Health Act 1983 or is a community patient4, the tribunal may in any case direct that the patient be discharged5.

The tribunal must direct the discharge of a patient liable to be detained for assessment6 if it is not satisfied: (1) that he is then7 suffering from mental disorder8 or from mental disorder of a nature or degree which warrants his detention in hospital9 for assessment (or for assessment followed by medical treatment10) for at least a