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Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015

Glossary of terms used

  • AMP – approved medical practitioner

  • AO – Assessment Order

  • CO - compulsion order

  • CORO – compulsion order and a restriction order

  • CTO – compulsory treatment order

  • EDC – emergency detention certificate

  • HD – hospital direction

  • MHO – mental health officer

  • RMO – responsible medical officer

  • STDC – short term detention certificate

  • The 2003 Act – The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

  • The 1995 Act – The Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

  • The Commission – the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

  • The Tribunal – the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland

  • TTD – transfer for treatment direction

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