Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908

7 Witnesses’ allowances


Every witness attending the inquiry to give evidence pursuant to a summons shall be entitled to be paid witnesses’ fees, allowances, and travelling expenses according to the scales for the time being prescribed by regulations made under the Criminal Procedure Act 2011, and those regulations shall apply accordingly.


On each occasion on which the Commission issues a summons under section 4D, the Commission, or the person exercising the power of the Commission under subsection (2) of that section, shall fix an amount which, on the service of the summons, or at some other reasonable time before the date on which the witness is required to attend, shall be paid or tendered to the witness.


The amount fixed under subsection (2) of this section shall be the estimated amount of the allowances and travelling expenses to which, in the opinion of the Commission or person, the witness will be entitled according to the prescribed scales if the witness attends at the time and place specified in the summons.


The whole or part of any amount fixed under subsection (2) of this section may, with the consent of the witness, be paid or tendered in the form of vouchers or tickets.

Section 7: replaced, on 4 July 1980, by section 4 of the Commissions of Inquiry Amendment Act 1980 (1980 No 2).

Section 7(1): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).