TITLE 23
Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-17.14
The Hospital Conversions Act

SECTION 23-17.14-14


§ 23-17.14-14 Investigations – Notice to attend – Court order to appear – Contempt.

(a) The director or the attorney general may conduct investigations in discharging the duties required under this chapter. For purposes of this investigation the director or the attorney general may require any person, agent, trustee, fiduciary, consultant, institution, association, or corporation directly related to the proposed conversion to appear at any time and place that the director or the attorney general may designate, then and there under oath to produce for the use of the director and/or the attorney general any and all documents and any other information relating directly to the proposed conversion that the director or the attorney general may require.

(b) Whenever the director or the attorney general may require the attendance of any person as provided in subsection (a), the director and/or the attorney general shall issue a notice setting the time and place when the attendance is required and shall cause the notice to be delivered or sent by registered or certified mail to the person at least fourteen (14) days before the date fixed in the notice for the attendance.

(c) If any person receiving notice pursuant to this provision neglects to attend or remain in attendance so long as may be necessary for the purposes which the notice was issued, or refuses to produce information requested, any justice of the superior court for the county within which the inquiry is carried on or within which the person resides or transacts business, upon application by the director, the attorney general, or any transacting party shall have jurisdiction to hear and consider on an expedited basis the request, and if appropriate and relevant to the consideration of proposed conversion, may issue to the person an order requiring the person to appear before the director or the attorney general there to produce for the use of the director or the attorney general evidence in accordance with the terms of the order of the court, and any failure to obey the order of the superior court may be punished by the court as contempt of court.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 372, § 1.)