558. The former jurisdiction in lunacy.

558.     The former jurisdiction in lunacy.

Until the coming into force of the Mental Health Act 1959, 1the jurisdiction in lunacy under which a patient's property was administered was partly statutory and partly an inherent jurisdiction under the royal prerogative exercised by the Lord Chancellor2 and certain of the judges3 to whom the jurisdiction was entrusted under the sign manual4.

In theory the royal prerogative still exists, but there is no one to exercise it since no one is now entrusted under the sign manual with the exercise of the inherent jurisdiction under the