Substitute Senate Bill No. 50

Public Act No. 00-45

An Act Concerning Fees Of Witnesses.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Subsection (a) of section 52-260 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The fees of a witness for attendance before any court, the General Assembly or any committee thereof, when summoned by the state, or before any legal authority, shall be fifty cents a day, and for travel to the place of trial, [ten cents a mile] shall be the same amount per mile as provided for state employees pursuant to section 5-141c. Whenever a garnishee is required to appear before any court, [he] such garnishee shall receive the same fees as a witness in a civil action and be paid in the same manner. [A witness in a criminal trial shall receive for travel at said rate for one day only, and for each day thereafter for travel in such case shall be paid only his actual traveling expenses, not exceeding ten cents a mile.] The clerk of the Superior Court, upon request, shall, on the day of attendance, pay the fee of any witness summoned by the state to appear before the court. [In criminal trials, no fees may be allowed to bystanders called as witnesses.]

Approved May 3, 2000