Power to call for reports
49.— (1) This section applies where, in proceedings brought in respect of a person ("P") under Part 1, the court is considering a question relating to P.
(2) The court may require a report to be made to it by the Public Guardian or by a Court of Protection Visitor.
(3) The court may require a local authority, or an NHS body, to arrange for a report to be made-
- (a) by one of its officers or employees, or
- (b) by such other person (other than the Public Guardian or a Court of Protection Visitor) as the authority, or the NHS body, considers appropriate.
(4) The report must deal with such matters relating to P as the court may direct.
(5) Court of Protection Rules may specify matters which, unless the court directs otherwise, must also be dealt with in the report.
(6) The report may be made in writing or orally, as the court may direct.
(7) In complying with a requirement, the Public Guardian or a Court of Protection Visitor may, at all reasonable times, examine and take copies of-
- (a) any health record,
- (b) any record of, or held by, a local authority and compiled in connection with a social services function, and
- (c) any record held by a person registered under Part 2 of the Care Standards Act 2000 (c. 14),
so far as the record relates to P.
(8) If the Public Guardian or a Court of Protection Visitor is making a visit in the course of complying with a requirement, he may interview P in private.
(9) If a Court of Protection Visitor who is a Special Visitor is making a visit in the course of complying with a requirement, he may if the court so directs carry out in private a medical, psychiatric or psychological examination of P's capacity and condition.
(10) "NHS body" has the meaning given in section 148 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 (c. 43).
(11) "Requirement" means a requirement imposed under subsection (2) or (3).
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 has been fully in force since 1 October 2007. For details of proposed amendments, see Mental Health Act 2007.