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Authority may hold inquiries

143 Authority may hold inquiries

(1) For the purpose of the exercise of its functions under this Act, the Authority may arrange for the holding of inquiries in public or in private presided over by a member of the Authority or by some other person appointed by the Authority to preside.
(2) Evidence may be taken on oath or affirmation at an inquiry, and for that purpose--
(a) the person presiding at the inquiry may require a person appearing at the inquiry who wishes to give evidence to take an oath or to make an affirmation in a form approved by the person presiding, and
(b) a key official may administer an oath or affirmation to a person so appearing at the inquiry.
(3) The person presiding at an inquiry is not bound by the rules or practice of evidence and may inform himself or herself on any matter in such manner as the person considers appropriate.
(4) A reference in this section to an inquiry includes a reference to an inquiry held for the purpose of enabling a person to make submissions to the Authority and a reference to the giving of evidence includes a reference to the making of those submissions.
(5) The person presiding at an inquiry is required to report to the Authority on the results of the inquiry and is subject to the control and direction of the Authority with respect to the matters that are to be the subject of inquiry, the procedures to be adopted at an inquiry and the time within which the person is to report to the Authority.

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