Proceedings against unwilling witnesses
(1) The Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services or the Workers’ Compensation Board, or the authorized representative or designee of the director or the board before whom testimony is to be given or produced, in case of the refusal of any witness to attend or testify or produce any papers as required by subpoena, may report to the circuit court in the county in which the inquiry, investigation, hearing or other proceeding is pending, by petition setting forth that due notice has been given of the time and place of attendance of the witness, or the production of the papers, and that the witness has been subpoenaed in the manner prescribed and that the witness has failed and refused to attend or produce the papers required by the subpoena or has refused to answer questions propounded to the witness in the course of such proceeding, and ask an order of the court to compel the witness to attend and testify or produce said papers.
(2) The court, upon receiving the petition, shall enter an order directing the witness to appear before the court at a time and place to be fixed in such order, the time to be not more than 10 days from the date of the order, and then and there show cause why the witness has not attended and testified or produced the papers.
(3) A copy of the order shall be served upon the witness.
(4) If it is apparent to the court that the subpoena was regularly issued, the court shall thereupon enter an order that the witness appear before the director or the board or the authorized representative or designee of the director or the board at a time and place to be fixed in such order, and testify and produce the required papers and upon failure to obey the order the witness shall be dealt with as for contempt of court. [Formerly 654.030; 1979 c.839 §24]
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