2011 Connecticut Code
Title 52 Civil Actions
Chapter 899 Evidence
Sec. 52-161b. Subpoenaing of crime victim by pro se litigant. Court authorization required.

      Sec. 52-161b. Subpoenaing of crime victim by pro se litigant. Court authorization required. (a) A pro se litigant in any civil matter, including a habeas corpus proceeding, shall notify the clerk of the court if such litigant has been convicted of a family violence crime, as defined in section 46b-38a, or a violation of section 53-21, 53a-70, 53a-70a, 53a-70b, 53a-71, 53a-72a, 53a-72b, 53a-73a, 53a-181c, 53a-181d or 53a-181e and if the subject of a subpoena to be issued by such litigant in such matter is the victim of the crime for which such litigant was convicted.

      (b) A pro se litigant who has been convicted of said family violence crime or a violation of any of said sections shall not issue a subpoena summoning a victim of the crime for which such litigant was convicted to appear and testify at a court hearing or deposition in any civil matter, including a habeas corpus proceeding, unless a court authorizes the issuance of such subpoena in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

      (c) Whenever such pro se litigant intends to issue a subpoena to any such victim, such litigant shall provide the clerk of the court with notice of such intention. Upon receipt of such notice, the clerk of the court shall schedule a hearing and provide notice to the pro se litigant of the date, time and place of such hearing. At such hearing, the pro se litigant shall make an offer of proof as to the content of the testimony expected to be given by the victim. If the court finds that the testimony expected to be given by the victim is relevant and necessary to the civil matter, the court shall authorize the pro se litigant to issue such subpoena to such victim. The scope of such litigant's examination of the victim shall be limited in accordance with the court's findings on the offer of proof.

      (P.A. 06-100, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 06-100 effective June 2, 2006.

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