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Criminal Procedure Act 1986 No 209
Current version for 14 May 2020 to date (accessed 6 June 2020 at 10:42)
231 Action that may be taken if witness refuses to give evidence
(1) This section applies to a person who—(a) appears before a court on a subpoena, or(b) appears before a court on bail after being arrested under a warrant after failing to comply with a subpoena, orto give evidence, or produce any document or thing, or both.(c) is brought before a court under a warrant of commitment after being so arrested,(2) The court may order that a warrant be issued for the committal of a person to whom this section applies to a correctional centre for a period not exceeding 7 days if the person refuses, without offering any just cause or reasonable excuse—(a) to be examined on oath, or(b) to take an oath, or(c) to answer, after having taken an oath, any questions that are put to the person concerning the subject-matter of the proceedings, or(d) to produce the document or thing.Note.Division 3 of Part 4 sets out procedures for warrants of commitment generally.(3) However, the person is to be released before the expiration of those 7 days if the person—(a) consents to be examined on oath and to answer questions concerning the subject-matter of the proceedings, or(b) produces the document or thing.(4) This Part applies in relation to a subpoena to the exclusion of section 194 (Witnesses failing to attend proceedings) of the Evidence Act 1995.(5) In this section, a reference to a person who appears before a court on bail after being arrested under a warrant after failing to comply with a subpoena includes a reference to a person in respect of whom bail has been dispensed with after being so apprehended.