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The Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986

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The Lord Chief Justice's VisitorsN.I.

104.—(1) There shall be the following panels of Lord Chief Justice's Visitors of patients constituted in accordance with this Article, namely—

(a)a panel of Medical Visitors;

(b)a panel of Legal Visitors; and

(c)a panel of General Visitors (being Visitors who are not required by this Article to possess either a medical or legal qualification for appointment).

(2) Each panel shall consist of persons appointed to it by the Lord Chief Justice, the appointment of each person being for such term and subject to such conditions as the Lord Chief Justice may determine.

(3) A person shall not be qualified to be appointed—

(a)to the panel of Medical Visitors unless he is a medical practitioner who appears to the Lord Chief Justice to have special knowledge and experience of cases of mental disorder;

(b)to the panel of Legal Visitors unless he is a barrister or solicitor of not less than 10 years' standing.

(4) Rules of court may provide, or the court may by order made in any particular case direct, that any remuneration for services of the Lord Chief Justice's Visitors in connection with any patient shall be paid out of his estate.

(5) Without prejudice to paragraph (4), there may be paid to the Lord Chief Justice's Visitors such remuneration and travelling and other allowances upon such conditions and on such scales as may be determined by the Lord Chancellor after consultation with the Lord Chief Justice and with the concurrence of the Treasury.

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C1Art. 104(5): functions of Treasury or Minister for the Civil Service transferred (12.4.2010) to Department of Finance and Personnel by Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Devolution of Policing and Justice Functions) Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/976), arts. 1(2), 15(4)(g) (with arts. 15(6), 28-31); S.I. 2010/977, art. 1(2)

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