Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992

Part 2 Compulsory treatment orders

17 Applications to be heard and determined wherever practicable by Family Court Judge

(1)

Every application under section 14(4) for a compulsory treatment order and every application under section 34(2) for an extension of the currency of a compulsory treatment order shall, wherever practicable, having regard to the time in which the application is required to be heard and determined, and to the availability of Judges and other personnel and resources, be heard and determined by a Family Court Judge.

(2)

Where it is not practicable for an application of the kind referred to in subsection (1) to be heard and determined by a Family Court Judge, that application may be heard and determined by any District Court Judge.

Section 17(1): amended, on 1 April 2000, by section 14(2)(a) of the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Act 1999 (1999 No 140).