Referendum Act, 1994


52.—(1) The court shall be entitled of its own volition, at any time during the trial of a referendum petition, to direct that a particular person shall be brought before the court and shall give evidence at the trial and, where the court so directs, the cost of bringing the person before the court (including any moneys payable as witness's expenses) shall be regarded as part of the costs of the referendum petition.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), a person who is called as a witness at the trial of a referendum petition shall not be excused from answering any question relating to any offence at or connected with the relevant referendum on the ground that the answer thereto may incriminate or tend to incriminate that person or on grounds of privilege: provided that—

(a) where the court is satisfied that a witness has answered truly all the questions which the witness is required by the court to answer, the court shall issue a certificate stating that the witness has so answered, and

(b) an answer by a person who has received such a certificate to a question put at the trial of a referendum petition shall not, except in the case of any criminal proceeding for perjury in respect of the evidence, be, in any proceeding, civil or criminal, admissible in evidence against that person.

(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed as affecting the right of any party to a referendum petition to call any person as a witness.