2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 24 - EVIDENCE
CHAPTER 10 - SECURING ATTENDANCE OF WITNESSES AND PRODUCTION AND PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE
ARTICLE 2 - SUBPOENAS AND NOTICE TO PRODUCE
PART 1 - IN GENERAL
§ 24-10-27.1 - Witness fees for member of Georgia State Patrol or Georgia Bureau of Investigation, law enforcement officer of Department of Natural Resources, correctional officer, or arson investigator of state fire marshal's office

O.C.G.A. 24-10-27.1 (2010)
24-10-27.1. Witness fees for member of Georgia State Patrol or Georgia Bureau of Investigation, law enforcement officer of Department of Natural Resources, correctional officer, or arson investigator of state fire marshal's office


(a) Notwithstanding any other provision in this article, any member of the Georgia State Patrol or Georgia Bureau of Investigation, any correctional officer, any person employed by the Department of Natural Resources as a law enforcement officer, or any arson investigator of the state fire marshal's office who shall be required by writ of subpoena to attend any superior court, other courts having jurisdiction to enforce the penal laws of this state, municipal court having jurisdiction to enforce the penal laws of this state as provided by Code Section 40-13-21, juvenile court, or grand jury or hearing or inquest held or called by a coroner or magistrate court involving any criminal matter, as a witness on behalf of the state during any hours except the regular duty hours to which the officer is assigned, shall be paid for such attendance at a fixed rate to be established by the governing authority, but not less than $20.00 per diem. The claim for the witness fees shall be endorsed on the subpoena showing the dates of attendance and stating that attendance was required during the hours other than the regular duty hours to which the claimant was assigned. The claimant shall verify this statement. The dates of attendance shall be certified by the judge or the prosecuting attorney of the court attended. The director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation or his or her designees, the commanding officer of the Georgia State Patrol or his or her designees, the commissioner of natural resources or his or her designees, the superintendent of the institution, or the state fire marshal shall certify that the claimant has not received any overtime pay for his or her attendance and that his or her attendance was required during hours other than regular duty hours. The amount due shall be paid by the governing body authorized to dispense public funds for the operation of the court. However, no such officer may claim or receive more than one witness fee per day for attendance in any court or before the grand jury regardless of the number of subpoenas which the officer may have received requiring him or her to appear in such court or before the grand jury on any one day.
(b)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision in this article except paragraph (2) of this subsection, any member of the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, any correctional officer, any person employed by the Department of Natural Resources as a law enforcement officer, or any arson investigator of the state fire marshal's office who shall be required by writ of subpoena to attend any court of this state with respect to any civil case, as a witness concerning any matter relative to the law enforcement duties of such officer during any hours except the regular duty hours to which the officer is assigned, shall be paid for such attendance at a fixed rate to be established by the governing authority, but not less than $20.00 per diem. Any such officer shall also be entitled to the mileage allowance provided in Code Section 24-10-24 when such officer resides outside the county where the testimony is to be given. The claim for the witness fees shall be endorsed on the subpoena showing the dates of attendance and stating that attendance was required during the hours other than the regular duty hours to which the claimant was assigned. The claimant shall verify this statement. The dates of attendance shall be certified by the party obtaining the subpoena. The director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation or his or her designees, the commanding officer of the Georgia State Patrol or his or her designees, the commissioner of natural resources or his or her designees, the superintendent of the institution, or the state fire marshal shall certify that the claimant has not received any overtime pay for his or her attendance and that his or her attendance was required during hours other than regular duty hours.

(2) Any officer covered by paragraph (1) of this subsection who is required by writ of subpoena to attend any court with respect to any civil case, as a witness concerning any matter which is not related to the duties of such officer, shall be compensated as provided in Code Section 24-10-24.

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