Mental Health Receivership

When a person becomes incapable, by reason of mental disorder, of managing his or her property and affairs, an application may be made to the court for the appointment of a Receiver.

Please remember that this section of the website can only provide you with a general idea of what is likely to happen. The website cannot explain everything about court rules, costs and procedures which may affect different cases in different ways. Court staff can provide you with information, tell you about court forms and procedures, but they cannot give you legal advice. You may therefore wish to seek legal advice from an advocate.

You can obtain a list of Manx advocates from the Isle of Man Law Society


If you do wish to proceed without the assistance of an advocate, you will be required to:

  1. complete Form A (Rule 8(1)(a) of Mental Health Rules 1998)

  2. read the Mental Health Act 1998 and the Mental Health Rules 1998. You can view the Act on the Isle of Man government Legislation website.

  3. read High Court Directive III (23).

Send your application together with relevant supporting documents to:

Courts Division
Isle of Man Courts of Justice
Deemsters Walk
Bucks Road

You will have to pay a fee to file the "First Application for Appointment of a Receiver" (Form A). See "Chancery Procedure" within the Fees Order for the current fee.

If a court hearing is needed, an appointment will be fixed and you will be notified of the time and date.

For any other application under the Mental Health Act 1998, use the "General Form of Application", Form B (Rule 8(1)(b) of the Mental Health Rules 1998).

There will be a fee to file Form B with the Courts.


See Guidelines for Receivers' remuneration.

Page last updated on 11 February 2020