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Dealing with Royal Commissions

From time to time, state and Federal governments may establish Royal Commissions or other Commissions of Inquiry.   These bodies appear in many ways similar to a Court.  However they operate very differently.

Unlike a Court, the Royal Commissioner (or person overseeing a Commission of Inquiry) is not an independent figure assessing competing cases.  Rather, they an an active participant in an investigative process.

Royal Commissions and Commission of Inquiry usually have very significant powers. The findings of these bodies will be made public and may lead to criminal investigations. Further, a failure to appear, answer questions truthfully or produce documents may lead to criminal sanctions.

Segelov Taylor Lawyers has experience in representing both individuals and organisations before Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry.

Tanya Segelov was part of the legal team that represented a coalition of unions and asbestos support groups at the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Medical Research and Compensation Foundation (the James Hardie Inquiry). Tanya attended throughout the three months of hearings instructing counsel, examining documents produced by parties, preparing submissions as well as assisting with media enquiries and lobbying.

David Taylor represented a number of individuals called to give evidence before the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. David advised his clients in relation to production of documents to the Royal Commission, reviewed documents produced by other parties, prepared witness statements, appeared and instructed counsel at the Royal Commission and prepared submissions to the Royal Commission.

David is currently acting for the Finance Sector Union in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

If you have received a Summons to appear or produce documents to a Royal Commission or Commission of Inquiry then contact us and we will assist you.

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