What happens if I'm on remand?
Remand means that you will not be given bail and must stay in prison while your trial is going on.
If you need urgent treatment for your mental health while on remand, the Ministry of Justice can transfer you to hospital later under section 48 of the Mental Health Act. You should be able to get treatment for your mental and physical health while in prison.
What happens if I'm sent to hospital?
The Magistrates' Court or Crown Court can send you to hospital for a report on your mental health before your trial. The report can give the court evidence about:
The courts can only do this if they have evidence from a doctor that:
- you may be suffering from a mental disorder, and
- it would not be possible to make the report if you were on bail.
This order lasts for 28 days but can be renewed by the courts for up to 12 weeks.
This information was published in July 2018. We will revise it in 2020.