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AB-2612 Courts: witness fees.(2011-2012)

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Assembly Bill No. 2612
CHAPTER 377

An act to amend Section 68097.2 of the Government Code, relating to courts.

[ Approved by Governor  September 19, 2012. Filed with Secretary of State  September 19, 2012. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2612, Achadjian. Courts: witness fees.
Existing law provides for subpoenaing the attendance of certain public employees, including peace officers and firefighters, with regard to events or transactions they have perceived or investigated in the course of their duties, and for the payment and reimbursement of the public employee’s compensation and traveling expenses. Existing law requires the party at whose request the subpoena is issued to reimburse the employing public entity for these costs by tendering the amount of $150 to the person accepting the subpoena for each day the public employee is required to remain in attendance pursuant to the subpoena. Existing law requires the public entity to refund any excess amount paid, and the party at whose request the subpoena is issued to pay any shortfall, relative to the actual expenses incurred by the public entity in connection with the public employee complying with the subpoena.
This bill would increase, from $150 to $275, the amount required to be paid by the party at whose request the subpoena is issued for each day the public employee is required to remain in attendance pursuant to the subpoena.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 68097.2 of the Government Code is amended to read:

68097.2.
 (a) Any peace officer, as that term is defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, any firefighter, any state employee, any trial court employee, or any county employee, who is obliged by a subpoena issued pursuant to Section 68097.1 to attend as a witness, shall receive the salary or other compensation to which he or she is normally entitled from the public entity by which he or she is employed during the time that he or she travels to and from the place where the court or other tribunal is located and while he or she is required to remain at that place pursuant to the subpoena. He or she shall also receive from the public entity by which he or she is employed the actual necessary and reasonable traveling expenses incurred by him or her in complying with the subpoena.
(b) The party at whose request the subpoena is issued shall reimburse the public entity for the full cost to the public entity incurred in paying the peace officer, firefighter, state employee, trial court employee, or specified county employee his or her salary or other compensation and traveling expenses as provided for in this section, for each day that the peace officer, firefighter, state employee, trial court employee, or specified county employee is required to remain in attendance pursuant to the subpoena. The amount of two hundred seventy-five dollars ($275), together with the subpoena, shall be tendered to the person accepting the subpoena for each day that the peace officer, firefighter, state employee, trial court employee, or specified county employee is required to remain in attendance pursuant to the subpoena.
(c) If the actual expenses should later prove to be less than the amount tendered, the excess of the amount tendered shall be refunded.
(d) If the actual expenses should later prove to be more than the amount deposited, the difference shall be paid to the public entity by the party at whose request the subpoena is issued.
(e) If a court continues a proceeding on its own motion, no additional witness fee shall be required prior to the issuance of a subpoena or the making of an order directing the peace officer, firefighter, state employee, or trial court employee to appear on the date to which the proceeding is continued.
(f) For the purposes of the payment of the salary or other compensation of a volunteer firefighter pursuant to subdivision (a), a volunteer firefighter who is subpoenaed to appear as a witness in connection with a matter regarding an event or transaction that he or she has perceived or investigated in the course of his or her duties as a volunteer firefighter, shall be deemed to be entitled to reasonable compensation evidenced by the compensation paid to firefighters in jurisdictions with similar geographic and economic characteristics. However, the requirements of subdivision (a) and of this subdivision are not applicable if a volunteer firefighter will receive his or her regular salary or other compensation pursuant to the policy of his or her regular employer, for the periods during which compensation is required under subdivision (a).