—(1) For the purposes of this Act, there shall be established a Compensation Board consisting of a President and such number of members, not being less than 2, as the Minister may think fit.
(2) The President and every member of the Compensation Board shall be appointed by the Minister and upon appointment the names of the President and every member of the Board shall be published in the Gazette.
(3) The President shall possess the qualifications required for a District Judge under section 9(3) of the Subordinate Courts Act (Cap. 321), and shall preside at all sessions of the Compensation Board.
(4) Three members of the Compensation Board of whom the President shall be one shall form a quorum, and the opinion of the majority of the Board present shall be decisive upon any matter, except that in the case of an equality the President shall decide which opinion shall prevail.
(5) Every member of the Compensation Board shall, except where his appointment is revoked by the Minister under subsection (6) or he resigns during the period of his appointment, hold office for a period of 3 years or for such shorter period as the Minister may, in any case, determine but shall be eligible for reappointment.
(6) The Minister may at any time revoke the appointment of a member of the Compensation Board.
(7) Where a person ceases to be a member of the Compensation Board, the Minister shall, as soon as is reasonably practicable, take steps to fill the vacancy but the existence of any vacancy in the Board shall not invalidate the acts of the Board.
(8) Every member of the Compensation Board when and so long as he is serving on the Board shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of the Penal Code (Cap. 224)and the proceedings of the Board shall be deemed to be judicial proceedings.
(9) There shall be paid to the members of the Compensation Board such salaries, fees and allowances as the Minister may determine.
(10) Any interested party may be represented before the Compensation Board —
by an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court;
subject to the provisions of the Legal Aid and Advice Act (Cap. 160), by the Director of Legal Aid or any of his officers; or
in any particular case in which the Board may at the request of that party and for good reason permit, by an agent acting without fee, gain, reward or any expectation thereof, as that party may appoint.
(11) Every summons and notice issued under the hand of the President shall be deemed to be issued by the Compensation Board.
(12) The Minister may appoint a secretary of the Compensation Board and such other officers and employees of the Board as may be necessary.
(13) The persons who immediately before 1st September 1995 were appointed President and members of the Railway Compensation Board under the repealed Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Act (Cap. 172, 1988 Ed.)shall continue to be President and members, respectively, of the Compensation Board under this Act as if they had been appointed under this section on the same terms and conditions for a term expiring on the day on which their respective appointments under the repealed Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Act would expire.