In what (if any) episodes was it threatened expressly or implicitly? Also, was it ever made clear if Troi had the same power/duty?

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"Lonely Among Us" (Season 1, Episode 7) was one instance where Dr.Crusher (backed by many of the senior crew) attempted this ... rather explicitly!

The script indicates this as follows:

RIKER I refuse to allow this, sir.

PICARD Oh? Under what Fleet regulation? Does this resignation threaten the ship and its company in any way?

BEVERLY (moving in) Captain Picard, you are now relieved from duty. I judge you disabled...


The Memory Alpha wiki specifically states that as a qualified psychiatrist and senior officer, the Ship's Counselor has the same authority as the Chief Medical Officer to relieve any crew member (including the Captain) of their duties if they are judged to be mentally unfit to carry them out.

I can't find a canon reference to this principle other than in the Voyager episode "Year of Hell II" where the EMH doctor attempts to relieve Janeway of command due to her mental instability which he describes as "Traumatic Stress Syndrome". Ultimately she refuses and without the crew to back him up (and the brig and sickbay being offline) he's forced to simply make a note of her refusal in the ship's log

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    Just as FYI to the readers who weren't aware: - Memory Beta (the second link in the answer) is non-canon material, as far as ST counts such things (e.g. Star Trek books). Memory Alpha (first link) is canon material (shows/movies). Dec 28, 2013 at 1:24
  • mind changing the link to MA? The canonier, the better :) Dec 28, 2013 at 14:36
  • Troi, as Counselor, never relieved Picard of duty as far as I know, but she did relieve Reginald Barclay of duty ("temporarily") in TNG S6E2, Realm of Fear.
    – Pops
    Feb 8, 2015 at 7:47

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