1   Short title

   2   Power to issue Commissions of Enquiry

   3   Powers to appoint fresh Commissioners, and to alter and revoke Commissions

   4   Commission not affected by any change of Governor-General

   5   Commissioners to take oath of office

   6   Power to appoint Secretary; his duties

   7   Duties of Commissioners

   8   Division of opinion of Commissioners

   9   Commissioners' powers for regulating their proceedings

   10   Commissioners' powers to summon and examine witnesses

   11   Duty of persons summoned and penalty for disobedience

      Arrest of witness failing to appear

   12   Constables detailed to attend upon Commissioners, their duties

   13   Remuneration to Commissioners and others, how ascertained and paid

   14   Proceedings free from stamp duties

   15   Commissions, etc to be published in Gazette

   16   Proceedings for penalties, how to be commenced and prosecuted




[Date of Commencement: 27th March, 1873]

<IN:LF:0,RT:1.29931,FI:0>Cap 68.

42 of 1969,
19 of 1978.

1   Short title

<IN:LF:0,RT:1.29931,FI:0>   This Act may be cited as the Commissions of Enquiry Act.

2   Power to issue Commissions of Enquiry

   It shall be lawful for the Governor-General, whenever he shall deem it advisable, to issue a Commission, appointing one or more Commissioners, and authorising such Commissioners, or any quorum of them therein mentioned, to enquire into the conduct or management of any department of the public service, or of any public or local institution, or the conduct of any public or local officers of this Island, or of any parish, or district thereof, or into any matter in which an enquiry would in the opinion of the Governor-General, be for the public welfare.

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   Each such Commission shall specify the subject of enquiry, and may, in the discretion of the Governor-General, if there is more than one Commissioner, direct which Commissioner shall be Chairman, and direct where and when such enquiry shall be made, and the report thereof rendered, and prescribe how such Commission shall be executed, and may direct whether the enquiry shall or shall not be held in public. In the absence of a direction to the contrary, the enquiry shall be held in public, but the Commissioners shall nevertheless be entitled to exclude any particular person or persons for the preservation of order, for the due conduct of the enquiry, or for any other reason.

3   Powers to appoint fresh Commissioners, and to alter and revoke Commissions

   In case any Commissioner shall be or become unable or unwilling to act, or shall die, the Governor-General may appoint another Commissioner in his place; and any Commission issued under this Act may be altered as the Governor-General may deem fit by any subsequent Commission issued by the Governor-General or may be revoked altogether by a notification to that effect published in the Gazette.

4   Commission not affected by any change of Governor-General

   No Commission issued under this Act shall lapse by reason of, or be otherwise affected by the death, absence, or removal of the Governor-General issuing the same.

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