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When it appears that any witness subpoenaed or required to appear on behalf of the state has
come from another state or country or is indigent, the court may, by order upon the minutes, direct
the county treasurer to pay the witness a reasonable sum for expenses. When a prosecution in the
name of the state fails, or the defendant proves insolvent, escapes, or is unable to pay the fees
when convicted, they shall be paid out of the county treasury, unless otherwise ordered by the
court. The court administrator of court upon request of the county attorney or the attorney general
may issue subpoenas and compel the attendance of witnesses in behalf of the state or county
without payment of fees in advance; and, in criminal cases, the witnesses for the defendant shall
also be compelled to attend without payment of fees in advance, and failure to attend after being
served with a subpoena shall subject any witness to be proceeded against in the same manner
as provided by law in other cases where payment of fees is required to be paid in advance. The
court administrator of any court in which a witness has attended on behalf of the state in a civil
action shall give the witness a certificate of attendance and travel, which entitles the witness to
receive the amount from the county treasurer.
History: (7017) RL s 2720; 1979 c 233 s 2; 1986 c 444; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82