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Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Section 51 – Powers of Tribunal in relation to authorisation under Schedule 1

This section makes provision for the powers of the Tribunal when an application or reference is made to it in relation to an authorisation under Schedule 1.

The Tribunal may revoke the authorisation; vary the authorisation by cancelling any provision which authorises a measure; or decide to take no action. For these purposes, the section defines “measure” as the provision of treatment; detention in a place in circumstances amounting to a deprivation of liberty; a requirement to attend for treatment, or a community residence requirement.

The section provides that the Tribunal may vary an authorisation made under paragraph 15 of Schedule 1 only if it is satisfied that the criteria for authorisation are met for each measure that will remain in force. The Tribunal may decide to take no action only if it is satisfied that the criteria for the authorisation of each measure are met.

The section also provides that the Tribunal may vary an authorisation under paragraph 20 of Schedule 1 only if it is satisfied that there is a good prospect of it being established that the criteria for authorisation are met for each measure that will remain in force. The Tribunal may decide to take no action only if it is satisfied that there is a good prospect of it being established that the criteria for the authorisation of each measure are met.

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