16—Acting Deputy Presidents
(1) If there is a vacancy in an office of Deputy President or a Deputy President is absent or for any other reason is unable to perform the duties of office, the Attorney-General may appoint a person to act as a Deputy President for a period not exceeding 6 months.
(2) An appointment under this section must be made in writing.
(3) The Attorney-General may only appoint—
(a) a judge of the District Court; or
(b) a person who is eligible for appointment as a judge of the District Court (who may already be a member of the Tribunal on some other basis),
to act as a Deputy President.
(4) The Attorney-General must consult with the President of the Tribunal before making an appointment under subsection (3) and with the Chief Judge before making an appointment under subsection (3)(a).
(5) A person appointed to act as a Deputy President—
(a) has all the functions of a Deputy President; and
(b) is taken to be a Deputy President for all purposes related to this Act or a relevant Act (and the other provisions of this subdivision apply with any necessary modifications in relation to a person appointed under this section).
(6) However, if the person appointed to act as a Deputy President is not a judge of the District Court, the person is, for the period of appointment, entitled to be paid any salary or allowances determined by the Attorney-General after consultation with the President of the Tribunal (with a judge of the District Court being paid any salary and allowances of a Deputy President).
(7) A person appointed to act as a Deputy President may be appointed to act as a Deputy President for a further period—
(a) by the Attorney-General, if the appointment is continuous on 1 or more of the person's previous appointments as an acting Deputy President and the total period of continuous appointments does not exceed 6 months; or
(b) by the Governor in other circumstances.
(8) The Governor may at any time, on the recommendation of the Attorney-General, cancel the appointment of a person to act as a Deputy President.
(9) Before the Governor acts under subsection (8), the Attorney-General must consult with—
(a) the President of the Tribunal (unless the Attorney-General is acting at the request of the President); and
(b) if the relevant person is a judge of the District Court—the Chief Judge.