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MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2016 - SECT 707

Appointment of members

707 Appointment of members

(1) The president is to be appointed by the Governor in Council on a full-time basis.
(2) The deputy president and other members are to be appointed by the Governor in Council on a full-time or part-time basis.
(3) A person is eligible for appointment as the president or deputy president only if the person—
(a) is a lawyer of at least 7 years standing; and
(b) has, in the Minister’s opinion, sufficient knowledge of administrative law and this Act.
(4) A person is eligible for appointment as another member only if—
(a) the person—
(i) is a lawyer of at least 5 years standing; or
(ii) is a psychiatrist; or
(iii) has other qualifications and experience the Minister considers relevant to exercising the tribunal’s jurisdiction; and
(b) the Minister is satisfied the person has the competencies developed by the president under section 714 (3) .
(5) In recommending a person for appointment as a member, the Minister must have regard to—
(a) the need for a balanced gender representation in the membership of the tribunal; and
(b) the range and experience of members; and
(c) the need for the membership of the tribunal to reflect the social and cultural diversity of the general community.
(6) Also, in recommending a person for appointment as a member, if the Minister is not responsible for administering the Forensic Disability Act, the Minister must consult with the Minister responsible for administering that Act.
(7) Members are appointed under this Act and not under the Public Service Act 2008 .



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