(1) The Governor in Council may, on the recommendation of the Public Advocate, appoint as many community visitors as are necessary for the purpose of fulfilling their functions under this Act.
(2) In recommending persons for appointment as community visitors, the Public Advocate must—
(a) recommend, as far as practicable, an equal number of males and females; and
(b) have regard to the desirability of having people of diverse backgrounds as community visitors.
(3) A community visitor—
(a) holds office for a period of 3 years; and
(b) is eligible for reappointment at the end of his or her term of office; and
(c) is entitled to be paid any fees and travelling and other allowances as are fixed by the Governor in Council from time to time; and
(d) is not, in respect of the office of community visitor, subject to the provisions of the Public Administration Act 2004 .
(4) A person must not during his or her appointment as a community visitor—
(a) be employed by, or hold any appointment with, the Department of Health or a mental health service provider, the premises of which is a prescribed premises; or
(b) have any direct interest in any contract with the Department of Health or a mental health service provider, the premises of which is a prescribed premises.