Information for Lawyers

What happens if your client is summonsed to an examination?

The summons will generally contain information about the scope and purpose of the examination.

The summons may be accompanied by a Notation under section 99 of the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003 (the Act) restricting disclosure of any official matter, which includes the fact of the investigation and the fact of the examination.

A witness is permitted to disclose information to a legal practitioner for the purpose of obtaining legal advice or representation relating to the summons.  It is a serious offence for a witness or legal practitioner to breach the secrecy provisions imposed by a section 99 Notation.

When your client comes for the examination, be aware of the provisions in the Act that set out offences that may be committed by, or against, a witness.

For more information
The Bench Book - a guide to Corruption and Crime Commission examinations contains further legal information to assist people who have been summonsed to attend before the Commission to give evidence, or to produce documents.

To read The Bench Book and download a printable version, visit

If you have any further questions, please contact the officer named on the summons on (08) 9215 4888.