Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1993

Notification to persons to attend and give evidence or produce documents at appeal hearing.

[1981, s. 298(8)]

259.—(1) An appeals officer may, by giving notice in that behalf in writing to any person, require the person to attend at such time and place as is specified in the notice to give evidence in relation to any matter referred to such appeals officer under this Part or to produce any documents in his possession, custody or control which relate to any such matter.

[1981, s. 298(9); 1990, s. 19(c)]

(2) A notice under subsection (1) may be given either by delivering it to the person to whom it relates or by sending it by post in a prepaid registered letter addressed to that person at the address at which he ordinarily resides or at his place of business.

[1981, s. 298(10); 1990, s. 19(d)]

(3) A person to whom a notice under subsection (1) has been given and who refuses or wilfully neglects to attend in accordance with the notice or who, having so attended, refuses to give evidence or refuses or wilfully fails to produce any document to which the notice relates shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000.

[1990, s. 19(f)]

(4) Where a person required to attend to give evidence or to produce documents under subsection (1) fails to attend or to produce such documents, an appeals officer may, on serving notice on that person, apply to the District Court for an order directing that person to attend or to produce such documents as required.