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Panels; referees
Judiciary (JUD) CHAPTER 30, ARTICLE 15-A
§ 499-e. Panels; referees. 1. The commission may delegate any of its
functions, powers and duties to a panel of three of its members, one of
whom shall be a member of the bar, except that no panel shall confer
immunity in accordance with section 50.20 of the criminal procedure law.
No panel shall be authorized to take any action pursuant to subdivisions
four through nine of section four hundred ninety-nine-f of this article
or subdivision two of this section.

2. The commission may designate a member of the bar who is not a
prosecutor or a member of the commission or its staff as a referee to
hear and report to the commission in accordance with the provisions of
section four hundred ninety-nine-f of this article. Such referee shall
be empowered to conduct hearings, administer oaths or affirmations,
subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, examine them under oath or
affirmation and require the production of any books, records, documents
or other evidence that the referee may deem relevant or material to the
subject of the hearing.