Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Act 1999

6 Interpreters to be provided
  • The principal Act is amended by repealing section 6, and substituting the following section:

    • (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 court, tribunal, or person must ensure that the services of an interpreter are provided for the person, if—

      • (a) One of the following applies:

        • (i) The first or preferred language of the person is a language other than English, including Maori and New Zealand Sign Language; or

        • (ii) The person is unable, because of physical disability, to understand English; and

      • (b) It is practicable to provide the services of an interpreter.

      (3) The court, tribunal, or person must ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that the interpreter provided is competent.