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The 2001 Florida Statutes

Title IV
Executive Branch
Chapter 17
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Section 17.05, Florida Statutes 2001

17.05  Subpoenas; sworn statements; enforcement proceedings.--

(1)  The Comptroller may demand and require full answers on oath from any and every person, party or privy to any account, claim, or demand against or by the state, such as it may be the Comptroller's official duty to examine into, and which answers the Comptroller may require to be in writing and to be sworn to before the Comptroller or the department or before any judicial officer or clerk of any court of the state so as to enable the Comptroller to determine the justice or legality of such account, claim, or demand.

(2)  In exercising authority under this chapter, the Comptroller or his or her designee may:

(a)  Issue subpoenas, administer oaths, and examine witnesses.

(b)  Require or permit a person to file a statement in writing, under oath or otherwise as the Comptroller or his or her designee requires, as to all the facts and circumstances concerning the matter to be audited, examined, or investigated.

(3)  Subpoenas shall be issued by the Comptroller or his or her designee under seal commanding such witnesses to appear before the Comptroller or the Comptroller's representative or the department at a specified time and place and to bring books, records, and documents as specified or to submit books, records, and documents for inspection. Such subpoenas may be served by an authorized representative of the Comptroller or the department.

(4)  In the event of noncompliance with a subpoena issued pursuant to this section, the Comptroller or the department may petition the circuit court of the county in which the person subpoenaed resides or has his or her principal place of business for an order requiring the subpoenaed person to appear and testify and to produce books, records, and documents as specified in the subpoena. The court may grant legal, equitable, or injunctive relief, including, but not limited to, issuance of a writ of ne exeat or the restraint by injunction or appointment of a receiver of any transfer, pledge, assignment, or other disposition of such person's assets or any concealment, alteration, destruction, or other disposition of subpoenaed books, records, or documents, as the court deems appropriate, until such person has fully complied with such subpoena and the Comptroller or the department has completed the audit, examination, or investigation. The Comptroller or the department is entitled to the summary procedure provided in s. 51.011, and the court shall advance the cause on its calendar. Costs incurred by the Comptroller or the department to obtain an order granting, in whole or in part, such petition for enforcement of a subpoena shall be charged against the subpoenaed person, and failure to comply with such order shall be a contempt of court.

History.--s. 5, ch. 8, 1845; RS 97; GS 101; RGS 114; CGL 144; s. 1, ch. 73-334; s. 56, ch. 95-147; s. 1, ch. 99-155.

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