SB 0343 Witness testimony
Committee:CIVILR Number:S1313.03C
Last Action:05/15/95 - 005 S Calendar S Bills For Perfection w/SCS
Title:SCS/SB 343
Effective Date:AUGUST 28, 1995
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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 343- This act allows the prosecuting attorney to request an order from the court that would force a witness to testify. When this order is issued, the witness may not refuse to testify based on his privilege against self-incrimination. No testimony compelled under this order may be used against the witness in any criminal case unless the witness commits perjury.

To request an order, the prosecuting attorney must believe that: 1) testimony from this person may be necessary to the public interest; and 2) the person will probably refuse to testify or has refused to testify on the basis of his privilege against self-incrimination. A person who refuses to testify under this court order shall be held in contempt and may be put in jail for up to one year.