If an accident happens at any place of work, or if any person is seriously harmed while at work, the Minister may, after consultation with the Minister of the Crown who is responsible for the Ministry of Justice, direct an inquiry to be held before a District Court Judge.
To assist the Judge, the Minister may appoint 2 or more people with skills or knowledge relevant to the subject matter of the inquiry.
The Judge may hold the inquiry at any times and places the Judge appoints, and shall report on the cause of the accident to the Minister.
The Judge has all the powers of a Commission of Inquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908; and subject to subsections (2) and (3), that Act shall apply accordingly.
Nothing in subsection (1) applies to an accident or occurrence that is being (or has been) investigated under the Armed Forces Discipline Act 1971.
Section 27(1): amended, on 1 October 2003, pursuant to section 14(1) of the State Sector Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 41).
Section 27(1): amended, on 1 July 1995, by section 10(1) of the Department of Justice (Restructuring) Act 1995 (1995 No 39).