Practice and Procedure

R (on the application of SURAT SINGH) v (1) STRATFORD MAGISTRATES' COURT (2) CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE (Interested Party) (2007)

PUBLISHED July 3, 2007

[2007] EWHC 1582 (Admin)

In a case of alleged insanity at the time of an offence, a magistrates' court had the power to abstain from either convicting or acquitting and instead to make a hospital or guardianship order under the Mental Health Act 1983 s.37(1), provided that the conditions for making such an order were met.

DC (Hughes LJ, Treacy J)