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Rs 13:3667.2 Governor's Compelled Appearance In Court; Procedure; Appeal

§3667.2. Governor's compelled appearance in court; procedure; appeal

A. Except as provided herein, the governor of the state of Louisiana may not be compelled to attend court as a witness during his term of office in any civil or in any criminal misdemeanor case in which he is not personally a defendant, provided however, he shall be compelled to attend as a witness if he is an alleged eye witness to the incident giving rise to the case.

B. Any party litigant in a civil case or in a criminal misdemeanor case who is seeking to compel the attendance of the governor as a witness shall file a written motion with the Nineteenth Judicial District Court setting forth the facts sought to be proved by the governor's testimony and the relevance of such facts to the case, and the basis for the mover's belief that the governor has knowledge of such facts, and requesting that the court issue an order setting a date and time for a hearing on the matter. If the judge determines that the motion is well-founded and that denial of the motion(s) may prejudice the case of the mover, the judge shall order a hearing and shall notify the mover and the governor of the hearing time and date by certified mail, return receipt requested, and the hearing shall be conducted in open court. At that time, the governor may present evidence or argument in opposition. If after the hearing, the court determines that the mover has established that the governor is necessary to the case, it shall issue a subpoena as sought.

C. An order rendered hereunder shall be deemed appealable and may be appealed by any party within fifteen days to the court which has appellate jurisdiction in the case. An appeal from an order requiring a subpoena to be issued shall suspend the enforcement of the order and of any such subpoena.

Added by Acts 1976, No. 591, §1.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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