Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Power of President to issue Commissions of Inquiry.

3. Power to add or replace Commissioners and to alter or revoke Commissions.

4. Commissions, etc., to be published in the Gazette.

5. Commissions not affected by change of President.

6. Oath of office of Commissioners.

7. Power to appoint secretary, his duties.

8. Duties of Commissioners defined.

9. Quorum Chairman’s casting vote.

10. Commissioners power for regulating proceedings.

11. Mode of holding inquiry.

12. Power to summon and examine witnesses.

13. Duty of witnesses summoned.

14. Penalty for contumacy, insult, interruption of proceedings and other contempt.

15. Remuneration to witness.

16. Representation by counsel or attorney.

17. Indemnity of Commissioners. Non-liability of Commissioners to arrest.

18. Indemnity to witness making full and true disclosure.

19. Remuneration to Commissioners, etc.

20. Police officers detailed to attend Commissioners: their duties.

21. Fiat of the Attorney-General for prosecution under this Act.


10 of 1962,

23 of 1976.

SI 95 of 1975,

72 of 1976.

[Date of commencement: 15th October 1962]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Commissions of Inquiry Act.

2. Power of President to issue Commissions of Inquiry.

(1) The President may, whenever he shall deem it advisable, issue a Commission appointing one or more Commissioners to inquire into—

(a) the conduct of any officer in the public service; or

(b) the conduct or management of any department of the public service, or of any public or local institution; or

(c) any matter relating to the public service; or

(d) any matter of public interest or concern; or

(e) any matter in which an inquiry would be for the public welfare.

(2) Every such Commission shall specify the subject of the inquiry, and shall, if there is more than one Commissioner, direct which Commissioner shall be Chairman, and may, in the discretion of the President further direct where and when the inquiry shall be held and the report rendered, and prescribe how the Commission shall be executed, and whether the inquiry shall or shall not be held in public.

3. Power to add or replace Commissioners and to alter or revoke Commissions.

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