—(1) Any person who wilfully obstructs, resists or delays a Coroner or a forensic pathologist in the performance and execution of his duty or of anything which he is empowered or required to do under this Act shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
(2) In this section, “Coroner” includes any person authorised or appointed under section 3(4) and any person lawfully assisting a Coroner in the performance and execution of the Coroner’s duties or functions under this Act.
45. No oral testimony or conditioned statement admitted under section 33 in the course of an inquiry shall be admissible in any subsequent judicial or disciplinary proceedings as evidence of any fact stated therein, other than proceedings for an offence under this Act or an offence of giving or fabricating false evidence under any written law.
46. A Coroner holding an inquiry may, in his discretion, order payment out of the Consolidated Fund to any of the witnesses as he thinks fit, of the expenses incurred by them in attending that inquiry and also compensation for their trouble and loss of time, subject to such rules as may be prescribed under the Criminal Procedure Code 2010 in relation to the payment of witnesses’ expenses.
—(1) The Minister may, from time to time, by order published in the Gazette, amend, add to or vary the First, Second and Third Schedules.
(2) The Minister may, in any order made under subsection (1), make such incidental, consequential or supplementary provision as may be necessary or expedient.
(3) Any order made under subsection (1) shall be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after publication in the Gazette.
48. The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, exempt any person or class of persons from all or any of the provisions of this Act, subject to such terms and conditions as may be prescribed.
—(1) The Minister may, from time to time, make regulations generally for carrying out or giving effect to the purposes and provisions of this Act.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Minister may make regulations for or with respect to all or any of the following matters:
the procedure or practice for the conduct of any inquiry before a Coroner, including provisions relating to the mode of taking or recording evidence during an inquiry;
the rate for remuneration of assessors appointed to assist a Coroner;
the prescribing of anything required or permitted to be prescribed under this Act.
50. The provisions of the Acts specified in the first column of the Fourth Schedule are amended in the manner set out in the second column thereof.
—(1) A person who, immediately before the appointed day, was a Coroner appointed under section 10 of the Subordinate Courts Act (Cap. 321) shall be deemed to be a Coroner appointed under section 3(1) of this Act.
(2) The provisions of this Act shall apply in relation to any investigation or inquiry into the death of any person conducted on or after the appointed day, whether the death of the person occurred before, on or after the appointed day.
(3) For a period of 2 years after the appointed day, the Minister may, by regulations, prescribe such additional provisions of a savings or transitional nature consequent on the enactment of this Act as he may consider necessary or expedient.
(4) In this section, “appointed day” means the date of commencement of this Act.