2017 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:5083 - Duties of attorneys of record to produce persons or evidence
§5083. Duties of attorneys of record to produce persons or evidence
Whenever any attorney of record, or officer, or agent of any corporation or joint stock association or of any copartnership or individual proceeded against, is notified that any officer, director, agent or employee of any such corporation or joint stock association or member or members of the copartnership or any individual is wanted before the court, or special commissioner, as provided in R.S. 13:5081, to give his testimony or to produce any books, papers or documents for the purpose of enabling the state to prove such facts as may be stated by the representative of the state, the attorney of record or any such officer, director or agent shall notify immediately any such person of the time and place where he shall attend and give his testimony, or produce the books, papers or documents.
If the testimony of any witness who resides outside the state, or any books, papers or documents actually outside the state, be desired, the witness shall be ordered to appear and the books, papers and documents produced before the commissioner at a place outside the state convenient to the witness and to the location of the books, papers and documents.
If the person or persons whose testimony is desired, as provided, fails to appear, or appearing refuses to testify or fails to produce whatever books, papers or documents he was ordered to produce, then the court, upon motion of the Attorney-General, or district attorney, on proof of such refusal, failure or dereliction shall order that the facts contained in the statement of what the state expects to prove be taken as confessed against the delinquent defendant.
If any such defendant files a sworn denial in writing, in the court, setting forth that such failure or refusal did not arise by reason of any fault or procurement of defendant, the court shall hear evidence upon that issue. If the defendant shows to the satisfaction of the court that any witness who failed to attend did not do so at the instance or procurement of the defendant, or that the books, papers or documents demanded were not in its possession or control and could not be produced, and that the defendant complied with all the provisions of R.S. 13:5081 through 13:5090, within the defendant's power to perform, then in that event the order taking pro confesso shall be revoked. But the court may enter such further orders in respect to the matter in controversy as it may deem necessary for the proper administration of justice.
In any proceeding before a special commissioner, his certificate showing the failure or refusal of any witness or witnesses to appear and testify, or to produce any books, papers or documents desired, shall be sufficient prima facie evidence of such failure, refusal or dereliction on the part of any defendant, when the certificate is filed in court.