(1) If there is a vacancy in the office of President or the President is absent or for any other reason is unable to perform the functions of office, the Governor may, by proclamation, appoint a person to act as President of the Tribunal for a period not exceeding 6 months.
(2) The Governor may only appoint—
(a) a Deputy President; or
(b) a judge of the Supreme Court or the District Court,
to act as President.
(3) However, the Governor may not appoint a person acting as a Deputy President to act as President unless the person is a judge of the District Court.
(4) A person appointed to act as a President—
(a) has all the functions of the President; and
(b) is taken to be the President for all purposes related to this Act or a relevant Act.
(5) A person appointed to act as President is, for the period of his or her appointment, entitled to be paid additional salary and allowances to ensure that his or her salary and allowances equal the salary and allowances payable to a President of the Tribunal.
(6) The Governor may, by further proclamation—
(a) extend or renew an appointment under this section; or
(b) revoke an appointment under this section.
(7) Before the Governor makes a proclamation under this section, the Attorney-General must consult with—
(a) the Chief Justice; and
(b) if the proclamation relates to a judge of the District Court—the Chief Judge.
Subdivision 3—The Deputy Presidents