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Summons to give evidence etc.

  (1)   A Committee that is conducting, or that proposes to conduct, a hearing may, by writing signed by the Chairperson, summon a person to appear at the hearing and to produce such documents (if any) as are referred to in the summons, and a person so summoned shall not:

  (a)   fail to appear as required by the summons; or

  (b)   fail to appear and report from day to day unless excused, or released from further attendance, by the Chairperson.

Penalty:   10 penalty units.

  (2)   Subsection   (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:   The defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection   (2). See subsection   13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .

  (3)   An offence under subsection   (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:   For strict liability, see section   6.1 of the Criminal Code .

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