31. Proof of certain matters
(1) In any prosecution or legal proceedings under the provisions of this Act or the Agriculture Protection Act instituted by or under the direction of the Protection Board, no proof shall be required, until evidence is given to the contrary, of ¾
(a) the constitution of the Protection Board;
(b) any order of the Protection Board to prosecute;
(c) the particular or general appointment of any officer of the Protection Board to take proceedings against any person;
(d) the powers of the officer to prosecute;
(e) the appointment of the chairperson or of any member or officer of the Protection Board; or
(f) the presence of a quorum at any meeting at which any order is made or any act is done by the Protection Board.
(2) The production of ¾
(a) a copy of the Government Gazette containing any regulation, declaration, proclamation or notice purporting to have been made or given under any of the provisions of this Act or the Agriculture Protection Act; or
(b) a copy purporting to be a true copy of any such regulation, declaration, proclamation or notice, certified as such under the hand of the chairperson or the Chief Officer or an authorized officer of the Protection Board,
shall be evidence until the contrary is proved of the due making, existence, confirmation, approval and giving of such regulation, declaration, proclamation or notice, and of all preliminary steps necessary to give full force and effect to the same.
(3) The provisions of this section are in addition to, and not in derogation of, those of the Evidence Act 1906.
[Section 31 amended by No. 25 of 1976 s.17; No. 29 of 1995 s.5.]