Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992

5 Powers to be exercised with proper respect for cultural identity and personal beliefs

(1)

This section applies to—

(a)

a court, tribunal, or person exercising a power under this Act in respect of a person; and

(b)

a court or tribunal conducting proceedings under this Act in respect of a person.

(2)

The power must be exercised, or the proceedings conducted,—

(a)

with proper recognition of the importance and significance to the person of the person’s ties with his or her family, whanau, hapu, iwi, and family group; and

(b)

with proper recognition of the contribution those ties make to the person’s wellbeing; and

(c)

with proper respect for the person’s cultural and ethnic identity, language, and religious or ethical beliefs.

Section 5: replaced, on 1 April 2000, by section 5 of the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Act 1999 (1999 No 140).