MENTAL HEALTH ACT - 1972 (NRCD 30)

    Section - 10 - Procedure in Urgent Cases.

    (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 8, in a case of urgency where it is expedient either for the welfare of a person suspected by a medical officer to be suffering from mental illness, or for the public safety, that such person should be forthwith placed under care, observation or treatment, a registered medical practitioner may certify the case as one of urgency and thereafter such person may be received and detained in a psychiatric hospital in accordance with this section.

    (2) Where a case has been certified as one of urgency under this section the person in question may be immediately received into a psychiatric hospital, but where such immediate admission is impracticable it shall be lawful for him to be received and detained in any other place of safe custody pending transfer to a psychiatric hospital.

    (3) The authority receiving and detaining such person in another place of safe custody under subsection (2) shall ensure that he is transferred to a psychiatric hospital before the expiration of five days from the date of the certificate of urgency referred to in subsection (1).

    (4) Where a person is received into a psychiatric hospital either immediately in accordance with subsection (2) or within five days from the date of the certificate of urgency in accordance with subsection (3), he may be detained in that psychiatric hospital for any period not exceeding fourteen days.

    (5) Unless the person detained is sooner discharged by the chief administrator of the hospital, information shall be given to a magistrate in accordance with section 8 within the period of fourteen days referred to in subsection (4); and where information is not so given, the person detained shall be released at the expiration of the period of fourteen days referred to in subsection (4).