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Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Act 2006

Section 11: Obstruction and contempt

37.Subsections (1) and (2) provide the Commissioner with a power to issue a certificate to the High Court if he is satisfied that, without lawful excuse, a person has obstructed him or a member of his staff in the exercise of any of his functions under regulations providing for the examination of particular cases or those giving him information gathering powers in respect of his review of arrangements function (section 6(5)) and his powers to examine particular cases (section 10(5)).  The Commissioner can also issue a certificate if he is satisfied that a person has done something in relation to an examination which would, if the examination were court proceedings, have been contempt of court.  Under subsection (3) the High Court can then deal with the person concerned as if they had committed contempt in relation to the High Court.  This is a common form of enforcement mechanism for offices of this type.

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