2012 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 9 - Elections
Chapter 155 - Elections: Campaign Financing
Section 9-625 - (Formerly Sec. 9-346b). Powers of state referees and judges. Preservation of testimony. Witnesses. Expenses of inquiry.
(a) Any state referee or any judge of the Superior Court may, upon the written request of any state’s attorney or any assistant state’s attorney, conduct an inquiry as to whether any crime has been committed concerning any matters mentioned in such request, within the jurisdiction of such state’s attorney or assistant state’s attorney making such request, and any such referee or judge, and any such state’s or assistant state’s attorney, may compel the attendance of any person as a witness by subpoena issued by him; and such person, having been sworn as a witness, may be examined relative to any such matter under investigation. Such referee, judge or attorney may also compel the production for examination at such inquiry of any books or papers or any other thing which he may require in the conduct of such inquiry by subpoena duces tecum issued by him. Such referee or judge may cause any person who fails to appear before him as a witness, having been summoned, to be brought before him by a capias issued by him; and any person in attendance as a witness who refuses to be sworn as a witness, or who, being sworn, refuses to answer any proper question propounded to him, and any person summoned who fails to appear before the referee or judge, may be adjudged guilty of contempt which shall be punishable as a class D misdemeanor. In any proceeding held under the provisions of this section, if any witness objects to testifying or to producing any book, paper or other thing on the ground that such testimony, book, paper or thing may tend to degrade or incriminate him or render him liable to a penalty or forfeiture, and such referee or judge directs or compels such witness to testify or to produce such book, paper or thing, he shall not be prosecuted for any matter concerning which he has so testified, or evidenced by such book, paper or thing so produced, except for perjury committed in so testifying.
(b) In the conduct of any such inquiry the referee, judge, state’s attorney or assistant state’s attorney may employ a competent stenographer to take notes of the examination of any witness, and may furnish a transcript of such notes to any prosecuting officer having jurisdiction of the subject matter of such inquiry. The referee or judge may require the attendance and assistance, at any such inquiry and in procuring the attendance of witnesses, of any state policeman, constable or police officer, who shall be allowed such compensation as the referee or judge deems reasonable.
(c) The referee, judge, state’s attorney or assistant state’s attorney shall return to the clerk of the superior court for the judicial district in which such inquiry is held an account of all expenses incurred in the discharge of the duties imposed by this section or required by this chapter, including witness fees, and shall endorse the same, if correct, or such items of the account as are correct, and the endorsed sums shall be paid by the state on the order of the clerk.
(P.A. 86-99, S. 28, 34; P.A. 00-99, S. 37, 154; P.A. 12-80, S. 56.)
History: P.A. 00-99 deleted reference to sheriff and deputy sheriff in Subsec. (b), effective December 1, 2000; Sec. 9-346b transferred to Sec. 9-625 in 2007; P.A. 12-80 amended Subsec. (a) to change penalty for person adjudged guilty of contempt from a fine of not more than $25 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days or both to a class D misdemeanor.
Cited. 222 C. 799.
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