MENTAL HEALTH ACT - 1972 (NRCD 30)

    Section - 11 - Hospital to have Custody of Patient.

    (1) Where in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this Part a person is placed under care, observation or treatment in a psychiatric hospital, that person shall for all purposes be lawfully in the custody of the chief administrator of that hospital, and accordingly shall not be entitled to discharge himself or leave the hospital before the expiration of the period specified by the magistrate or by this Decree without the consent of the chief administrator.

    (2) Where any such patient leaves the hospital without the consent of the chief administrator before the expiration of the period specified by the magistrate or by this Decree, he may, within the said specified period, be detained by any police officer in any place without warrant and returned to the hospital from which he came.