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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2019 No. 190 (C. 6)

Mental Capacity

The Mental Capacity (2016 Act) (Commencement No. 1) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019

Made

27th September 2019

The Department of Health(1), in exercise of the powers conferred by section 307 of the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016(2), makes the following Order:

Citation and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Mental Capacity (2016 Act) (Commencement No. 1) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019.

(2) In this Order “the principal Order” means the Mental Capacity (2016 Act) (Commencement No. 1) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019(3).

Amendments of the principal Order

2.—(1) The principal Order is amended as follows.

(2) For Article 2 there shall be substituted—

Appointed days for provisions coming into operation

2.(1) The day appointed for the coming into operation of the provisions of the Act specified in Part 1 of the Schedule, in so far as it relates to an act that is research, is 1st October 2019.

(2) The day appointed for the coming into operation of the provisions of the Act specified in Part 2 of the Schedule for all purposes is 2nd December 2019.

(3) The day appointed for the coming into operation of the provisions of the Act specified in Part 3 of the Schedule, in so far as it relates to an act that is a deprivation of liberty, offences or section 276 (power to make regulations about dealing with money and valuables), is 2nd December 2019.

(4) The day appointed for the coming into operation of the provisions of the Act specified in Part 4 of the Schedule, in so far as it relates to an act that is a deprivation of liberty, is 2nd December 2019.

(5) The day appointed for coming into operation of the provisions of the Act specified in Part 5 of the Schedule, in so far as it relates to an act that is a deprivation of liberty, is 2nd December 2020.

(3) For the Schedule there shall be substituted—

Article 2

SCHEDULE

PART 1

Provisions coming into operation on 1st October 2019 in so far as it relates to an act that is research
Provisions of the ActSubject Matter
Sections 1 to 8Principles, including capacity assessment and best interests
Sections 132 to 138Research

PART 2

Provisions coming into operation on 2nd December 2019 for all purposes
Provisions of the ActSubject Matter
Section 266(1)(c) and Schedule 8 paragraphs 1, 2, 3(1), (2), (3) but omit after “(Northern Ireland) 2016” and (9), 4 but omit until “In-patients under 16: duties of hospital managers”, 38, 39, 47, 48(1), (2), (5) and (6), and 71”.Amendments to the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 to allow for a functioning Review Tribunal and to provide a duty on hospital managers in relation to age appropriate accommodation
Section 274The Review Tribunal - renaming
Section 276Money and valuables
Section 303(2) and Schedule 11 in so far as it relates to Article 83 of, and Schedule 3 paragraph 4(1) and 5 to, the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986Repeals of parts of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986

PART 3

Provisions coming into operation on 2nd December 2019 in so far as it relates to an act that is a deprivation of liberty, offences or section 276 (power to make regulations about dealing with money and valuables)
Provisions of the ActSubject Matter
Sections 1 to 8Principles, including capacity assessment and best interests

PART 4

Provisions coming into operation on 2nd December 2019 in so far as it relates to an act that is a deprivation of liberty
Provisions of the ActSubject Matter
Section 9(1) to (3)Protection from liability - general
Section 9(4)(b)Protection from liability – additional safeguards
In section 9(4)(d) “sections” and “24,26”Protection from liability – additional safeguards
Section 9(5) and (6)Protection from liability – help and support and parents
Section 10(1)Limitations of section 9
Sections 13 to 15Additional safeguards – formal assessment of capacity and nominated persons
Section 24Deprivation of liberty – additional safeguards
Section 25 and Schedule 1 paragraphs 1, 2(1), 2(2)(b), 2(3), 2(4)(b), 3, 5 to 8, 10, 13 to 16, 19, 20 and 22 to 27 and Schedule 2Deprivation of liberty – additional safeguards
Sections 26 and 27Deprivation of liberty – additional safeguards
Sections 37 to 39Extensions of authorisation
Section 40 and Schedule 3 paragraphs 1, 2(1), 2(2), 2(3)(a), 3 to 9Extension of authorisation
Section 41(1), (2)(b), (3) and (4)Extensions of authorisation
Section 42Extensions of authorisation
Section 43(1) to (6) and (7)(a)Extensions of authorisation
Section 44Extensions of authorisation
Section 45(1) to (3)Review Tribunal applications
Section 45(4) but omitting “section 29(4) or 32(4) or”Review Tribunal applications
Sections 46 to 48Review Tribunal applications
Section 50(1)(a), (b) but omitting “or (d)”, (c), (2) and (3)References to the Tribunal
Section 51(1) to (3), (4)(b) and (5)Review Tribunal powers
Sections 52 and 53Review Tribunal powers
Section 54Medical reports and nominated person
Section 56(1), (2)(a), (3) and (4)Medical reports and emergency situations
Sections 57 to 59Provisions of information and other supplementary provisions
Section 60(1) and (2)(d)Acts where Part 2 is not applicable
Sections 61 and 62Power to make further provisions and disregard
Section 63(2)(a)Protection from liability – definition of serious intervention
Section 64Protection from liability – definition of serious intervention
Section 65(1) but omitting “16” to “20” and “28 and 35”, (2) to (5)Emergency provisions
Section 66(1)(a), (b), (d) but omitting “19,20” and “28”, (2) to (6)Emergency provisions – definitions etc
Sections 67 to 68Failure by person other than D to take steps to ensure safeguards are met and interpretations of Part 2
Sections 69 to 79Nominated persons provisions
Section 80(1) to (4), (5)(a) to (c), (f) and (g), (6) and (7)Nominated persons provisions
Sections 81 to 85Nominated persons provisions
Section 267(1), (2)(a), (3) and (4)Offence of ill-treatment and neglect
Section 268(1), (2), (3)(a), (c), (d), (4), (5)Offence of forgery, false statement, etc
Section 270Offence of assisting a person to absent themselves
Section 272(1) to (3), (4)(b) until “48” and (c) but omitting “or 126”Offences of obstruction
Section 273Offences by bodies corporate
Section 275Review Tribunal
Section 280Approved social workers
Section 281Miscellaneous functions of HSC trusts
Section 288(1)(a) to (c), (e) and (i), (2) to (8)Code of Practice
Section 289(1), (2)(a), (b), (3) and (4)Code of Practice
Sections 290(1) and (2)(a), (c) and (d) and 291(1) and (2)(a) and (c) and (3)Provision of information and facilities
Section 292Warrants
Section 296Special accommodation
Section 297Trust panels
Section 299Risk of serious physical harm to others
Section 300(1)(a) and (c) to (e), and (2) to (4)Medical practitioners who can make medical reports
Section 301Documents appearing to be duly made

PART 5

Provisions coming into operation on 2nd December 2020 in so far as it relates to an act that is a deprivation of liberty
Provisions of the ActSubject Matter
Section 269Offence of unlawful detention

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health on 27th September 2019.

Legal seal

Mark Lee

A senior officer of the Department of Health.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order amends the Mental Capacity (2016 Act) (Commencement No. 1) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 by changing the commencement date of the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 for the purposes of deprivation of liberty, offences and money and valuables to the 2nd December 2019. The commencement date for the purposes of research remains the 1st October 2019. The commencement date for the offence of unlawful detention is changed to 2nd December 2020.

This Order also commences a further provision, section 299 of the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016, on 2nd December 2019. This section provides the evidence required when determining serious physical harm to others.

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