Privy Council Registrar Act 1853
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1. It shall be lawful for the registrar for the time being of Her Majesty’s Privy Council appointed under the said Act, or such other person or persons as shall be appointed for this purpose by Her Majesty in Council or by the said Judicial Committee, to examine witnesses and take affidavits and depositions upon oath in all appeals, causes, and matters whatsoever pending before Her Majesty in Council or before the said Judicial Committee, and to administer oaths accordingly.
2. In case of the absence of the said registrar it shall be lawful for the President of Her Majesty’s Privy Council to appoint a person to act for the said registrar during such absence; and such person while so acting shall have the same powers in all respects as are vested in the said registrar.
3. Nothing herein contained shall be taken to affect the power of Her Majesty under the said Act or otherwise, to direct or limit the duties to be performed by the said registrar, or any other authority which might have been exercised by Her Majesty or by her Privy Council or the said Judicial Committee in case this Act had not been passed.