This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations amend the Witnesses and Interpreters Fees Regulations 1974 (the principal regulations) to align the principal regulations with the Criminal Procedure Act 2011. The regulations come into force on 1 July 2013, which is the day on which the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 will be fully in force.
Regulation 4 amends the definition of paying officer in regulation 2 of the principal regulations. The amended definition clarifies that Deputy Registrars are included in the definition of paying officers.
Regulation 5 amends regulation 3 of the principal regulations, which is the application provision. The principal regulations currently apply to the payment of witnesses and interpreters for the Crown in criminal and civil proceedings and to any proceedings in a District Court in its criminal jurisdiction. Because the existing restriction to District Courts is no longer appropriate in light of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011, the amendment extends the application of the principal regulations to any proceedings to which that Act applies.
Regulation 6 amends regulation 4 of the principal regulations, which makes provision for fees, allowances, and expenses payable by the Crown to witnesses and interpreters in judicial proceedings, by removing an exception that is no longer applicable.
Date of notification in Gazette: 20 June 2013.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Justice.