The Treatment of Mental Patients
WHEREAS there is a need to review the law relating to the treatment of mental patients in Solomon Islands in view of the gradual increase in mental cases and the need to provide effective care and treatment for the benefit of the community.
AND WHEREAS the effective administration of the law in this regard is an essential component of the effective treatment of mental patients in Solomon Islands.
NOW THEREFORE in exercise of the powers conferred by section 5(1) of the Law Reform Commission Act, 1994, I, OLIVER ZAPO, Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs hereby refer to the Law Reform Commission the following –
To enquire and report to me on –
- The review of the law relating to the treatment of mental patients in Solomon Islands;
- Reforms necessary to fulfil the needs of Solomon Islands.
Dated at Honiara this 1st day of May 1995.
Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs
NB: Explanation: Persons who suffer from mental illness are often forgotten and mistreated by society perhaps other than members of their own families. There is a law in Solomon Islands which governs the medical treatment of persons who are mentally sick. Although the number of mental patients in Solomon Islands is not that high, the law governing their treatment must be reviewed with the view of improving it for the welfare of persons or potential persons in this category.