BOARDS OF INQUIRY
—(1) Where it is expedient that the Armed Forces Council and such other person or bodies as it may appoint or prescribe for that purpose (referred to in this Part as the convening body) should be informed on any matter connected with the Government, discipline, administration or functions of the Singapore Armed Forces or affecting any person subject to military law, the Armed Forces Council or any such body may convene a board of inquiry.
(2) A board of inquiry shall inquire and report on the facts relating to any matter referred to it and, if directed by the convening body to do so, express its opinion on any question arising out of any such matter.
—(1) A board of inquiry shall consist of one or more persons who shall be members of the Singapore Armed Forces.
(2) Where a board of inquiry consists of more than one person, the convening body shall appoint one of the members to be the Chairman.
(3) Where a board of inquiry consists of one member only, he shall be vested with the powers of the Chairman.
185. A board of inquiry may —
summon any person to give evidence on oath or on affirmation or produce any document or material necessary for the purpose of the inquiry;
visit any place in order to inquire into any matter which may arise in the course of the inquiry.
186. Section 113 shall apply, with the necessary modifications, to a board of inquiry convened under this Part.
187. Subject to this Act or any regulations made thereunder, a board of inquiry shall not be bound by the rules of evidence and shall act in such manner as it thinks most expedient.
188. No statement made in the course of any inquiry and no report of a board of inquiry shall be admissible as evidence in proceedings before a subordinate military court or a disciplinary officer other than proceedings for an offence under section 49.
189. A board of inquiry shall not sit in public and no person shall be allowed to attend an inquiry or address the board of inquiry except with the permission of the Chairman or if the convening body so directs.
—(1) Where it appears to a board of inquiry that any person subject to military law may be adversely affected by its findings, the board shall notify him thereof and give him an opportunity to be present at the sittings of the board of inquiry or at such part thereof as the Chairman of the board may specify.
(2) Any such person as referred to in subsection (1) shall be allowed to give evidence and examine witnesses.
—(1) The Chairman shall record or cause to be recorded in writing the proceedings of the board of inquiry.
(2) The evidence of each witness before the board of inquiry shall be read over to him and shall be signed by him.
(3) A record of the proceedings shall be signed by the Chairman and members, if any, and forwarded to the convening body.