CHAPTER 248
WITNESSES TARIFF ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Expenses and allowances of witnesses.

3. One taxation only allowed per day.

4. Penalty for wrong information.

5. Shortest distance reckoned.

6. Witness in civil cases.

7. Prepayment of allowances in civil cases.

8. Power of Judge, etc., saved.

9. Taxation of witnesses.

6 of 1903,

7 of 1921,

11 of 1934,

5 of 1952,

3 of 1958,

3 of 1959.

GN 245 of 1952.

[Date of commencement: 6th June 1903]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Witnesses Tariff Act.

2. Expenses and allowances of witnesses.

There shall be paid to witnesses summoned in civil and criminal cases before every court such expenses and allowances as the Chief Justice with the approval of the Minister may by rules of court prescribe.

3. One taxation only allowed per day.

When any person is heard as a witness in several cases, on the same day and before the same court, and any expenses and allowances due to such person become payable by the Republic, such person shall be entitled to receive from the Republic expenses and allowances in respect of one case only.

4. Penalty for wrong information.

Any witness, called before any court of justice, who shall wilfully and knowingly give wrong information as regards his profession, trade, calling, avocation, or place of residence, in order to obtain a higher rate of expenses and allowances, shall be liable to prosecution, and shall, on conviction, be fined a sum not exceeding fifty rupees.

5. Shortest distance reckoned.

For the purpose of this Act, the distance travelled over by any witness shall be reckoned by the shortest way to and from his residence, or usual place of occupation:

Provided that in no case shall any witness be allowed travelling expenses from any locality other than that specified on his subpoena or summons as being that of his residence or usual place of occupation, except by the authority of the Attorney-General or unless such witness has applied on oath to a Judge, magistrate, or Justice of Peace for a rectification of his summons or subpoena.

6. Witness in civil cases.

(1) In civil cases it shall be the duty of every attorney, who has caused a witness to be summoned or subpoenaed, to include the expenses and allowances due to such witness in his bill of costs, whether such bill of costs has to be taxed between party and party or between attorney and client, and it shall be the duty of every such witness to hand over his summons or subpoena to the attorney who caused him to be summoned or subpoenaed immediately after the trial of the case.

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