SB 781 -- JUDGE DISQUALIFICATION
SPONSOR: Caskey (Byrd)
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass by consent" by the Committee on
Judiciary by a vote of 16 to 0.
This bill requires a circuit judge to hold a nonadversarial
hearing to determine whether sufficient proof has been offered to
justify the issuance of an order granting witness immunity. The
bill removes language which disqualifies the judge from hearing
any further criminal trial or ancillary proceeding pertaining to
FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds in FY 2005, FY 2006, and
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill will help alleviate
problems in counties with only one or two judges, who are often
required to recuse themselves from additional hearings.
Testifying for the bill was Senator Caskey.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
Amy Woods, Legislative Analyst