PS, Regina (on the Application of) v Responsible Medical Officer, Dr G and others: Admn 10 Oct 2003

The claimant had been compulsorily detained under the Act. He complained that the detention and compulsory medication infringed his rights, and amongst other things breached his religious beliefs.
Held: This was an exceptional case requiring attendance of the doctors to allow the testing of their evidence. The administration of anti-psychotic medication to PS would not reach the threshold of engaging Article 3 in the light of the possible benefits to him and the limited adverse consequences. The court accepted a submission that: ‘the decision to administer anti-psychotic medication has to be considered in the context that the medication is likely to lead to the claimant being rehabilitated rather than remaining subject to long-term incarceration.’


The Honourable Mr Justice Silber


[2003] EWHC 2335 (Admin), [2004] 1 MHLR 1




Mental Health Act 1983 37, European Convention on Human Rights 3


England and Wales


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