Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 386
Public Service Commission
Section 386.440

August 28, 2013


Subpoenas, how issued--witness fees, how paid--subpoena service costs, how paid--certified copies of public records to be furnished to commission.

386.440. 1. All subpoenas shall be signed and issued by a commissioner or by the secretary of the commission, and shall extend to all parts of the state, and may be served by any person authorized to serve process of courts of record or by any person of full age designated for that purpose by the commission or by a commissioner. The person executing any such process shall receive the fees now prescribed by law for similar services in civil cases in the circuit courts in this state, and shall be paid in the same manner as provided herein for the payment of the fees of the witnesses. Each witness who shall appear before the commission or a commissioner by its or his order, shall receive for his attendance the fees and mileage now provided for witnesses in civil cases in the circuit courts of this state, which shall be audited and paid by the state in the same manner as other expenses of the commission are audited and paid, upon the presentation of proper vouchers sworn to by such witnesses and approved by the commission.

2. Whenever a subpoena is issued at the instance of a complainant, respondent, or other party, except the public counsel to any proceeding before the commission, the cost of service thereof and the fee of the witness shall be borne by the party at whose instance the witness is summoned. Any witness subpoenaed except one whose fees and mileage may be paid from the funds of the commission may, at the time of service, demand the fee to which he is entitled for travel to and from the place at which he is required to appear, and one day's attendance. If such witness demands such fees at the time of service, and they are not at that time paid or tendered, he shall not be required to attend before the commission or commissioner, as directed in the subpoena. No witness furnished with free transportation shall receive mileage for the distance he may have traveled on such free transportation.

3. It shall be the duty of every public officer, without exacting or receiving charge or fee of any kind, to furnish to the commission, or the public counsel, upon application, a certified copy of any document or part thereof, on file in his office, and no public officer shall be entitled to receive from the commission or the public counsel any fee for entering, filing, docketing or recording any document required or authorized by law to be filed in his office.

4. Each witness who appears under subpoena before the commission or a commissioner at the instance of the public counsel shall receive for his attendance the fees and mileage now provided for witnesses in civil cases in the circuit courts of this state, which shall be audited and paid by the state in the same manner as other expenses of the public counsel are audited and paid, upon the presentation of proper vouchers sworn to by such witnesses and approved by the public counsel.

(RSMo 1939 5598, A.L. 1977 H.B. 42 & 157)

Prior revisions: 1929 5142; 1919 10431


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