32.0306 Oaths and subpoenas-Failure to comply.

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(a) The Board or its authorized representative may administer oaths, take or cause to be taken the depositions of witnesses, and require by subpoena the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of all books, records, and other evidence relative to any matter under investigation.

(b) Subpoenas must be signed and issued by the Board or its authorized representative.

(c) In case of failure of any person to comply with any subpoena lawfully issued under this section, or refusal of any witness to produce evidence or to testify to any matter regarding which he may be lawfully interrogated, the Chief Justice or an Associate Justice of the High Court of American Samoa, upon the application or the Board or its authorized representative, shall compel obedience by a proceeding for contempt, as in the case of disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena issued by such court or a refusal to testify therein.

(d) No person may be excused from attending and testifying or from producing books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, contracts, agreements, or other records and documents before the Board or its authorized representative, or in obedience to the subpoena of the board or its authorized representative, or in any cause or proceeding instituted under this chapter, on the ground that the testimony or evidence, documentary or otherwise, required of him may tend to incriminate him or subject him to a penalty or forfeiture, but no individual may be prosecuted or subject to any penalty or forfeiture for or on account of any transaction, matter or thing concerning which he is compelled to testify or produce evidence, documentary or otherwise, after having claimed his privilege against self-incrimination, except that such individual so testifying may not be exempt from prosecution and punishment for perjury committed in so testifying.

(e) The Board may certify to official acts.

History: 1965, PL 9-23.