If a person in any state which by its laws has made provision for commanding persons
within its borders to attend and testify in criminal prosecutions, or grand jury investigations
commenced or about to commence in this State, is a material witness in a prosecution
pending in a court of record in this State, or in a grand jury investigation which
has commenced or is about to commence, a judge of such court may issue a certificate
under the seal of the court, stating these facts and specifying the number of days
the witness will be required. Said certificate may include a recommendation that the witness be taken into immediate
custody and delivered to an officer of this State to assure his attendance in this
State. This certificate shall be presented to a judge of a court of record in the county
in which the witness is found.
If the witness is summoned to attend and testify in this State he shall be compensated
at the rate allowed to State officers and employees by subdivisions (1) and (2) of
G.S. 138-6(a) for each mile by the ordinary traveled route to and from the court where the prosecution
is pending, and five dollars ($5.00) for each day that he is required to travel and
attend as a witness. A witness who has appeared in accordance with the provisions of the summons shall
not be required to remain within this State a longer period of time than the period
mentioned in the certificate unless otherwise ordered by the court. If such a witness is required to appear more than one day, he is also entitled to
reimbursement for actual expenses incurred for lodging and meals, not to exceed the
maximum currently authorized for State employees when traveling in the State. If such witness, after coming into this State, fails without good cause to attend
and testify as directed in the summons, he shall be punished in the manner provided
for the punishment of any witness who disobeys a summons issued from a court of record
in this State.
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