Christchurch Supreme Court Lunatics Act/Mental Defectives Act files   (24996) Christchurch High Court Lunatics Act/Mental Defectives Act files
c.1859 - 1969?  range held: 1859 - 1953


GENERAL


Prior to 1912, the Christchurch Supreme Court Lunatics Act/Mental Defectives Act files can contain orders for admission to and discharge from hospital, and papers concerning the management of the estate of a person deemed unfit to manage their affairs due to mental illness. 



From the 1880s, the legal process of committal was increasingly dealt with in the Magistrate's Court, and from 1912 the Supreme Court Mental Defectives Act files deal with estate management only.


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Dates of Holdings : 1859 - 1953
Location of Holdings : Archives New Zealand, Christchurch Regional Office
Access : Restrictions may apply see more …


Mandates

CREATED BY
  • Lunatics Act 1866
  • Lunatics Act 1868
  • Lunatics Act 1882
  • Lunatics Act 1908
  • Mental Defectives Act 1911
Archives NZ description type : Series (see more about description types)
Version Number: 2
Date Approved: 21/03/2018