Residential Tenancies Act 2004

Provisions in relation to evidence, summoning of witnesses, etc.

105

105.—(1) The Tribunal may require that the evidence of a witness before it be given on oath.

(2) Each witness of a party before the Tribunal (including the party as a witness) may be cross-examined by or on behalf of every other party.

(3) For the purposes of its functions under this Part, the Tribunal may—

( a) summon witnesses to attend before it,

( b) administer an oath, and

( c) require any person to produce to the Tribunal any document in his or her power or control.

(4) A witness before the Tribunal shall be entitled to the same immunities and privileges as if he or she were a witness before the High Court.

(5) Any person who—

( a) on being duly summoned as a witness before the Tribunal and having had tendered to him or her the sum, if any, which has been directed under subsection (6)(a) to be paid in respect of the expenses of his or her attendance makes default in attending,

( b) being in attendance as a witness refuses to take an oath legally required by the Tribunal to be taken, or to produce any document in his or her power or control legally required by the Tribunal to be produced by him or her, or to answer any question to which the Tribunal may legally require an answer, or

( c) does any other thing which, if the Tribunal were a court having power to commit for contempt of court, would be contempt of such court,

is guilty of an offence.

(6) The Tribunal may, out of moneys at the disposal of the Board, direct that the whole or part of the reasonable expenses—

( a) that will be incurred by a person summoned to attend before it in so attending, or

( b) that have been incurred by a person summoned to attend before it in so attending,

shall, as it thinks appropriate, be paid to him or her before he or she so attends or, as the case may be, be re-imbursed to him or her.