2010 Nevada Code
TITLE 14 PROCEDURE IN CRIMINAL CASES
Chapter 171 Proceedings to Commitment
NRS 171.1975 Use of audiovisual technology to present live testimony at preliminary examination: When permitted; notice by requesting party; opportunity to object; requirements for taking and preserving testimony; limitations on subsequent use.

NRS 171.1975 Use of audiovisual technology to present live testimony at preliminary examination: When permitted; notice by requesting party; opportunity to object; requirements for taking and preserving testimony; limitations on subsequent use.

1. If a witness resides more than 500 miles from the place of a preliminary examination or is unable to attend the preliminary examination because of a medical condition, a party may, not later than 14 days before the preliminary examination, file a request that the magistrate allow the witness to testify at the preliminary examination through the use of audiovisual technology. A party who requests that the magistrate allow a witness to testify through the use of audiovisual technology shall provide written notice of the request to the opposing party at or before the time of filing the request.

2. Not later than 7 days after receiving notice of a request that the magistrate allow a witness to testify at the preliminary examination through the use of audiovisual technology, the opposing party may file an objection to the request. If the opposing party fails to file a timely objection to the request, the opposing party shall be deemed to have consented to the granting of the request.

3. Regardless of whether or not the opposing party files an objection to a request that the magistrate allow a witness to testify at the preliminary examination through the use of audiovisual technology, the magistrate may allow the witness to testify at the preliminary examination through the use of audiovisual technology only if the magistrate finds that good cause exists to grant the request based upon the specific facts and circumstances of the case.

4. If the magistrate allows a witness to testify at the preliminary examination through the use of audiovisual technology:

(a) The testimony of the witness must be:

(1) Taken by a certified videographer who is in the physical presence of the witness. The certified videographer shall sign a written declaration, on a form provided by the magistrate, which states that the witness does not have in his or her possession any notes or other materials to assist in the witness's testimony.

(2) Recorded and preserved through the use of a videotape or other means of audiovisual recording technology.

(3) Transcribed by a certified court reporter.

(b) Before giving testimony, the witness must be sworn and must sign a written declaration, on a form provided by the magistrate, which acknowledges that the witness understands that he or she is subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state and may be subject to criminal prosecution for the commission of any crime in connection with his or her testimony, including, without limitation, perjury, and that the witness consents to such jurisdiction.

(c) During the preliminary examination, the witness must not be asked to identify the defendant, but the witness may be asked to testify regarding the facts and circumstances surrounding any previous identification of the defendant.

(d) The original recorded testimony of the witness must be filed with the district court, and copies of the recorded testimony of the witness must be provided to each party.

(e) The testimony of the witness may not be used by any party upon the trial of the cause or in any proceeding therein in lieu of the direct testimony of the witness, but the court may allow the testimony of the witness to be used for any other lawful purpose.

5. Audiovisual technology used pursuant to this section must ensure that the witness may be:

(a) Clearly heard and seen; and

(b) Examined and cross-examined.

6. As used in this section, "audiovisual technology" includes, without limitation, closed-circuit video and videoconferencing.

(Added to NRS by 2001, 543)



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