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Extension of the period of an orderN.I.

First extension of period of orderN.I.

181—(1) This section applies where—

(a)a person is liable to be detained under a public protection order without restrictions; and

(b)the initial period of the order has not ended.

(2) The period of the order may be extended for a period of 6 months, beginning immediately after the end of the initial period, by the making of an extension report (see section 183).

(3) In this Chapter “the initial period” of a public protection order without restrictions means the period of 6 months beginning with the date of the order.

(4) In this Part “the period” of a public protection order without restrictions means the period for which the person to whom the order relates is liable to be detained under the order.

Subsequent extensionsN.I.

182—(1) This section applies where—

(a)the period of a public protection order without restrictions has been extended for a period (“the current extension period”) under a relevant provision; and

(b)the person to whom the order relates remains liable to be detained under the order.

(2) The period of the order may be further extended, for a period of one year beginning immediately after the end of the current extension period, by the making of an extension report (see section 183).

(3) In subsection (1)(a) “relevant provision” means—

(a)section 181 (first extension);

(b)this section; or

(c)paragraph 8 of Schedule 6 (procedure for extension where responsible social worker not of the requisite opinion).

Sections 181 and 182: extension reportsN.I.

183—(1) This section applies for the purposes of sections 181 and 182.

(2) An “extension report”, in relation to a public protection order without restrictions made in respect of a person, is a report in the prescribed form which—

(a)is made, within the reporting period, by an appropriate medical practitioner who has examined the person within the reporting period and made the report as soon as practicable after that examination;

(b)states that in the appropriate medical practitioner's opinion the criteria for continuation are met (see section 185);

(c)includes a statement in the prescribed form, by the responsible social worker, that in the social worker's opinion the criteria for continuation are met; and

(d)includes any prescribed information.

(3) In this section—

appropriate medical practitioner” means a medical practitioner who is unconnected with the person and is permitted by regulations under section 300 to make the report;

the reporting period” means—

(a)

in the case of an extension under section 181, the last month of the initial period;

(b)

in the case of an extension under section 182, the last two months of the current extension period (within the meaning of that section).

the responsible social worker” means the approved social worker who is in charge of the person's case.

Extension of period where responsible person not of the requisite opinionN.I.

184  Schedule6 provides a procedure for cases where it is proposed to make an extension under section 181 or 182 but the responsible social worker is not of the opinion that the criteria for continuation are met.

The criteria for continuationN.I.

185—(1) In this Chapter “the criteria for continuation”, in relation to a public protection order without restrictions made in respect of a person, has the meaning given by subsection (2).

(2) The criteria for continuation are—

(a)that there is an impairment of, or disturbance in the functioning of, the mind or brain of the person;

(b)that appropriate care or treatment is available for the person in the establishment concerned;

(c)that failure to detain the person in circumstances amounting to a deprivation of liberty in an appropriate establishment in which appropriate care or treatment is available for the person would create a risk, linked to the impairment or disturbance, of serious physical or psychological harm to other persons; and

(d)that detaining the person in the establishment concerned, in circumstances amounting to a deprivation of liberty, would be a proportionate response to—

(i)the likelihood of the harm concerned; and

(ii)the seriousness of that harm.

(3) In this section “the establishment concerned” means the establishment in which the person would be liable to be detained if the period of the order were extended.

Extension reports: further provisionN.I.

186—(1) This section contains further provisions about extension reports (as defined by section 183).

(2) For the purposes of that section an extension report is made when the completed report is signed by the medical practitioner making it.

(3) A medical practitioner who makes an extension report must give it to the relevant trust as soon as practicable.

(4) Where an extension report is given to the relevant trust, that trust must as soon as practicable—

(a)give prescribed information to the person to whom the public protection order relates and any prescribed person; and

(b)give RQIA a copy of the report.

(5) In this section “the relevant trust” means the HSC trust in whose area the establishment in which the person is liable to be detained under the public protection order is situated.

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