New Clause 22

– in a Public Bill Committee at 1:45 pm on 26 February 2009.

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Remand for medical examination and report

‘(1) This section applies in relation to a person who is brought before the relevant judge or the court under section [Arrest without warrant] or [Issue of warrant of arrest].

(2) If the relevant judge or the court has reason to consider that a medical report will be required, the judge or the court may remand the person under section [Arrest without warrant](5) or (as the case may be) [Issue of warrant of arrest](4) for the purpose of enabling a medical examination to take place and a report to be made.

(3) If the person is remanded in custody for that purpose, the adjournment may not be for more than 3 weeks at a time.

(4) If the person is remanded on bail for that purpose, the adjournment may not be for more than 4 weeks at a time.

(5) If the relevant judge or the court has reason to suspect that the person is suffering from a mental disorder within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983, the judge or the court has the same power to make an order under section 35 of that Act (remand for report on accused’s medical condition) as the Crown Court has under that section in the case of an accused person (within the meaning of that section).’. —(Mr. Campbell.)

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.