WVC 39 - 3 - 13
§39-3-13. Taking testimony as to lost records -- Powers of clerk;
death, etc., of clerk.
For the purpose of taking such testimony, such clerk shall
have authority to summon witnesses and enforce their attendance
when desired by any person interested, in like manner as
witnesses are compelled to appear before commissioners in
chancery; to compel the production before him of any document,
paper or book that he may deem pertinent for the purpose of any
particular inquiry; and to administer oaths to such witnesses as
may be brought before him. Any person who shall wilfully swear
falsely before such clerk to any material fact shall be guilty of
perjury, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as in
other cases of perjury. When the testimony in any case shall
have been partly taken by a clerk, and he shall die or his place
be otherwise vacated before such testimony is completed, the
successor of such clerk may complete the taking of the same with
like effect as if it had been completed by the clerk who began to
take the same.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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