The Commission can conduct examinations to gather relevant evidence as part of an investigation into serious misconduct. An examination is not a trial and cannot determine the guilt or innocence of anyone against whom an allegation has been made.

As part of its investigations, the Commission may summons people to appear as witnesses to give evidence at either private or public examinations. Frequently, witnesses are not suspected of any wrongdoing and are there for no other reason than to assist the Commission’s inquiries.

The Commission may open an examination to the public, if having weighed the benefits of public exposure and public awareness against the potential for prejudice or privacy infringements, it considers that it is in the public interest to do so.

Legal Aid can provide advice and representation for public officers called as witnesses or served with notices or summonses by the Commission or the Parliamentary Inspector.

For more information

The Bench Book - a guide to Corruption and Crime Commission examinations provides an introduction to appearing at Commission examinations, explains examination processes, and outlines what you can expect if you have been summonsed to give evidence or produce documents.