Inquiries Act 2013

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Version as at 1 July 2022

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Inquiries Act 2013

Public Act
2013 No 60
Date of assent
26 August 2013
see section 2

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.


5Act binds the Crown
6Types of inquiry
7Establishment instrument to establish inquiry
8Removal from office
9Vacancy in membership of inquiry
10Inquiry must act independently, impartially, and fairly
11Limits to scope of power of inquiry
12Reporting by inquiry
13Counsel to assist inquiry
14Regulation of inquiry procedure
15Power to impose restrictions on access to inquiry
16Power to postpone or temporarily suspend inquiry
17Designation of core participants
18Recommendation as to legal assistance
20Powers to obtain information
22Disclosure of evidence
23Power to summon witnesses
24Service of summons to witnesses
25Expenses of witnesses and other participants
26Immunity of inquiry
27Other immunities and privileges of participants
28Award of costs
31Application of Contempt of Court Act 2019
32Application of Official Information Act 1982
33Application of Public Records Act 2005
34Reference of questions of law to High Court
35Inquiry to be cited in judicial review proceedings
36Review of continuing application of Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908
37Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908
38Transitional provision
39Consequential amendments to other Acts

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: