THE CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (EXCERPT)
Act 175 of 1927
767.6 Incriminating answers of witnesses; order granting immunity; use of truthful testimony or other information against witness in criminal case; transcript; applicability of secrecy provisions; scope of order.
(1) Upon inquiry, a witness shall not be required to answer any questions or be convicted for contempt upon refusal to do so If the answers might tend to incriminate him or her.
(2) Upon written motion by the prosecuting attorney or a duly authorized representative of the state in a proceeding described in section 3 of this chapter, the judge may enter a written order granting immunity to the witness. The order shall set forth verbatim the questions the witness refused to answer. A true copy of the motion and order shall be delivered to the witness before he or she answers the questions in the inquiry. The order granting immunity shall extend to all related questions which may be asked of the witness after entry of the order until the judge advises the witness that the immunity no longer applies.
(3) Truthful testimony compelled under the order granting immunity and any information derived directly or indirectly from that truthful testimony shall not be used against the witness in a criminal case, except for impeachment purposes or in a prosecution for perjury or otherwise failing to comply with the order.
(4) All questions and the witness's answers shall be transcribed under the judge's direction. A true copy of the transcript, duly certified by the judge, shall be delivered to the witness as soon as practicable.
(5) The provisions for secrecy provided for in section 3 of this chapter apply to all copies of the motion, order, and transcript delivered to the witness. However, the witness may disclose that information to his or her attorney if his or her testimony or any information derived directly or indirectly from that testimony is used against the witness in violation of subsection (3).
(6) An order granting immunity does not extend beyond the scope of an inquiry described in this section or beyond the particular questions set forth in the motion, order, or transcript.
History: 1927, Act 175, Eff. Sept. 5, 1927
CL 1929, 17220
CL 1948, 767.6
Am. 1949, Act 311, Eff. Sept. 23, 1949
Am. 1951, Act 276, Eff. Sept. 28, 1951
Am. 1999, Act 250, Imd. Eff. Dec. 28, 1999
Former Law: See section 4 of Act 196 of 1917.
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