Who Is Eligible For A Mandatory Treatment Order?
Published on 21st January, 2017 by Desmond Ong
A Mandatory Treatment Order is a type of Community Order where the Court orders the accused to seek psychiatric treatment for a period not exceeding twenty-four months. A Mandatory Treatment Order can be given by the Court in lieu of any sentence of imprisonment, caning and fine which the Court may impose for that offence.
For an accused to be eligible for a Mandatory Treatment Order, the Court appointed psychiatrist who will examine the accused must be convinced of the following:
- That the accused is suffering from a psychiatric condition that can be treated;
- That the accused is suitable for treatment; and
- The psychiatric condition of the accused is one of the contributing factors for the accused committing the offence.
Please note that the conditions above are cumulative. If even one of the conditions is not satisfied, the accused will not be suitable for the Mandatory Treatment Order.