Guardianship Board

The Guardianship Board is an independent, specialist legal tribunal set up under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1993 (SA) to:

The Guardianship Board consists of a range of professional and other qualified people appointed by the Governor in consultation with the Government. It includes legal professionals, psychologists, social workers, mental health practitioners, mental health consumers and other people experienced in providing services or caring for people with a disability or mental illness. The Board can sit with three members (chaired by a lawyer) or with only one or two members for certain proceedings.

In its hearings the Board has the same duty as a court to act impartially and fairly. It can use the powers of a court to summons witnesses and documents. However, unlike a court the proceedings are less formal. For example, the Board can gather evidence without the same formality and limitations to which a court is subject. Like a court, Board hearings are open to the public. However, hearings can be closed to protect the privacy and dignity of the people involved, and no media report can be made without the Board's permission.

Representation at the hearing  :  Last Revised: Wed Jun 4th 2014
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