Physical interference with the person, for example by searches or compulsory treatments or medical examinations, is generally sought to be justified1 as necessary for reasons of public safety, the prevention of crime2 or the protection of health or morals3. Any such interference must be clearly prescribed by law4, and the application of blanket or general policies must be shown to be proportionate on the facts of the particular case in question5. Medical treatment administered without consent can be justified only where it is a 'medical necessity', that is, where it is established convincingly that the person suffers from a
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