WITNESSES' EXPENSES ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Payment of expenses of witnesses

   4   Procedure where expenses are payable from public funds.

   5   Taxation and payment

   6   Payment of a person attending as a witness at any Coroner's inquest, etc

   7   Preliminary enquiries

   8   Procedure where any accused person is committed for trial

   9   Payment of witnesses on behalf of accused persons

   10   Fees of Medical Officer

   11   Disobedience of subpoenas

   12   Issue of subpoenas

   13   Power of Court to disallow expenses

   14   Keeping in the Island of a material witness

   15   Travelling expenses

   16   Subsistence allowance

      SCHEDULES

 

THE WITNESSES' EXPENSES ACT

[Date of Commencement: 21st June, 1924]

Cap 415.

Law 14 of 1959.

Act 6 of 1982.

LN 385/1969.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Witnesses' Expenses Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "legal proceeding" shall mean any civil or criminal proceeding or enquiry in which evidence is or may be given, and includes Coroners' inquests and arbitrations;

   "the Court" means the Court, Judge, Resident Magistrate, Coroner, Justice of the Peace, Arbitrator, and the person or persons before whom a legal proceeding is held or taken;

   "expenses" shall mean the allowance to be made according to the scale fixed under the provisions of this Act, for the expenses of witnesses in attending the Court and by way of compensation for the trouble and loss of time incurred by them;

   "Medical Officer" means a medical practitioner in the service of the Government of this Island, and who is paid a salary from the public funds.

3   Payment of expenses of witness

   Witnesses attending at any legal proceeding shall be entitled to be paid their expenses according to the scale laid down in the First Schedule.

4   Procedure where expenses are payable from public funds

   In cases where, under the provisions of this Act, the expenses of witnesses are payable from public funds, the same shall be paid according to the scale laid down in the First Schedule:

   Provided that only the minimum sum mentioned in the said scale of the highest class to which a witness belongs shall be paid by the officer whose duty it shall be to pay the same, unless the Court otherwise directs.

5   Taxation and payment

   Where a witness is entitled to have his expenses paid from public funds, the same shall be taxed and paid by such person or persons and in such manner as the Minister may from time to time by order direct.

6   Payment of a person attending as a witness at any Coroner's inquest, etc

   A person attending as a witness at any Coroner's inquest, or a witness whether for the Crown or the accused in any Court of criminal jurisdiction in any prosecution for any criminal offence or for the Crown in any prosecution for any other offence where the information or complaint shall have been laid by the police, shall be entitled to be paid his expenses from public funds only in the following cases-

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