Section 12-16-197

Issuance of subpoenas for witnesses for grand jury generally; proceedings upon failure of witnesses summoned to attend.

The district attorney, the foreman of the grand jury or the clerk of the court, on the application of the grand jury, must issue subpoenas for any witnesses whom they may require to give evidence before them, and if witnesses so summoned fail to attend, the subpoenas must be returned to the court, with the default thereon endorsed, signed by the foreman, and the same proceedings may thereupon be had against them as against defaulting witnesses, the endorsement of the foreman being presumptive evidence of the default.

(Code 1852, §551; Code 1867, §4101; Code 1876, §4774; Code 1886, §4347; Code 1896, §5033; Code 1907, §7294; Code 1923, §8676; Code 1940, T. 30, §83.)