MCA s48 text

Interim orders and directions

48. The court may, pending the determination of an application to it in relation to a person ("P"), make an order or give directions in respect of any matter if-

(a) there is reason to believe that P lacks capacity in relation to the matter,
(b) the matter is one to which its powers under this Act extend, and
(c) it is in P's best interests to make the order, or give the directions, without delay.


The Mental Capacity Act 2005 has been fully in force since 1 October 2007. For details of proposed amendments, see Mental Health Act 2007.