Explanatory Memorandum

Public Services Ombudsman Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

2016 CHAPTER 4

19 February 2016

Commentary on Clauses

Part 2: Investigations

Section 30: Investigation procedure

This section sets out how the NIPSO must carry out investigations.  It contains procedural rules to ensure that the investigation is fair to all parties.  For example, if an allegation is made against a person, that person will have a right to hear that allegation and counter it. The NIPSO has a power to allow parties to an investigation to be legally represented in that investigation.  There is also a power to pay expenses or allowances to witnesses.