Once the person is brought to the hospital, the person will be examined within 24 hours. The examining physician or psychologist will decide if the person needs treatment.
If the person is found not to need treatment, the examining physician will enter a negative clinical certificate and the person will be released immediately. A negative certificate will be forwarded to the Court and the case will become confidential.
The person may also consent to treatment at this time and sign a voluntary application for admission. If the person has consented to voluntary treatment, no further hearing will occur. The Court case will be dismissed.
If the person does need treatment, two clinical certificates will be completed by the hospital to be forwarded to the Court for a hearing to be set. The person will remain hospitalized pending the hearing. If a person is found to need treatment, the Court case is public record.