CHAPTER 226

AN ACT TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR CAUSING UNWARRANTED HOSPITALIZATION IN DELAWARE STATE HOSPITAL OR DENIAL OF RIGHTS ACCORDED IN CHAPTER 51, TITLE 16, DELAWARE CODE.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Chapter 51, Title 16, Delaware Code, is amended by adding thereto a new section to read:

§ 5134. Unwarranted hospitalization in Delaware State Hospital or denial of rights; penalties

(a) Any person who wilfully causes, or conspires with or assists another to cause (1) the unwarranted hospitalization of any individual in the Delaware State Hospital under the provisions of this chapter, or (2) the denial to any individual of any of the rights accorded to him under the provisions of this chapter, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500, or imprisonment not exceeding 1 year, or both.

(b) The Superior Court shall have jurisdiction of offenses under this section.

Approved December 21, 1965.