Disobedience of a subpoena, or a refusal to be sworn, or to answer as a witness, or to subscribe a deposition, when lawfully ordered, may be punished as a contempt of the court or officer, by whom his attendance or testimony is required.

Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 19-5-7

  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.

Source: CCivP 1877, § 453; CL 1887, § 5267; RCCivP 1903, § 493; RC 1919, § 2740; SDC 1939 & Supp 1960, § 36.0304.