(1) In any proceedings before a court under this Act (not being criminal proceedings), the court may, of its own motion, call as a witness any person whose evidence may, in its opinion, be of assistance to the court.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the power conferred by that subsection includes power to call as a witness—
(3) Where the court calls a witness under this section,—
(4) Sections 20, 38, and 39 of the Summary Proceedings Act 1957, so far as applicable and with the necessary modifications, apply to every person called as a witness by the court under this section as if that person had been called by a party to the proceedings.
(5) The expenses of any witness called by the court under this section are payable—
Compare: 1980 No 94 s 165
Section 82(2)(b): amended, on 26 April 2005, by section 7 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).