Yes. Section 5 reads as follows——
Whenever a panel of jurors is lawfully in attendance before a commissioner under a commission de lunatico inquirendo, then, for the purpose of the application of Part V of the Principal Act, the commissioner shall be a court and also the judge of such court.
My amendment would mean that the phrase would read: "the commissioner shall be deemed to be a court and also the judge of such court." In reading the Bill it seemed to me absurd to imagine that we in the Oireachtas have the power to turn a commissioner into a court and I wondered if he is the court where is the panel of jurors going to sit? You have got a jury in this court and the court is the commissioner. Does the jury have to sit in the commissioner's lap? Are we not making ourselves ridiculous by saying that the commissioner shall be a court and also the judge? It seems to me that he will have to try to swallow himself if he is to be both court and judge and contain an extraneous body such as a panel of jurors. It would be more logical to say that we deem him to be the judge and deem him to be the court.