Hearings may be held as part of their own investigations or at the request of other law enforcement agencies, if certain legislative requirements are met.
Coercive hearings are different from a police interview because a witness must answer the questions put to them (that is, there is no right to silence and the privilege against self-incrimination does not provide a basis for refusal to answer) and furthermore it is an offence to lie.
It is important for a person who has been summonsed to appear at a coercive hearing to retain legal representation to ensure that whatever rights remain are protected.
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