*R (on the application of Lee-Hirons) v Secretary of State for Justice

Mental health – Patient. The claimant had been released from hospital on conditional discharge. The defendant Secretary of State recalled him to hospital under s 42(3) of the Mental Health Act 1983. The claimant sought judicial review of that decision. His application was dismissed. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed his appeal. The Secretary of State was not under an obligation to provide written reasons for recall at the time that a warrant for recall was executed. The oral reasons that had been given to the claimant had been sufficient. The Secretary of State's failure to provide adequate reasons within 72 hours had been a breach of art 5.2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, but that breach had not rendered the detention unlawful either at common law or under art 5.1 of the Convention.

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