Oregon Statutes - Chapter 726 - Pawnbrokers - Section 726.255 - Investigation of pawnbrokers; oaths; witnesses; subpoenas; depositions.

(1) For the purpose of an investigation or proceeding under the Pawnbrokers Act, the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services may administer oaths and affirmations, subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, take evidence and require the production of books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, agreements or other documents or records that the director considers relevant or material to the inquiry.

(2) If a person fails to comply with a subpoena issued under subsection (1) of this section or a party or witness refuses to testify on any matter, the judge of the circuit court for any county, on the application of the director, shall compel obedience in the manner provided by law in the case of disobedience to a subpoena issued in a civil action in the circuit court.

(3) Each witness who appears before the director under a subpoena shall receive the fees and mileage provided for witnesses in ORS 44.415 (2), except a witness subpoenaed at the instance of parties other than the director or an examiner shall not be compensated for attendance or travel unless the director certifies that the testimony of the witness was material to the matter investigated.

(4) The director in any investigation may cause the depositions of witnesses to be taken in the manner prescribed by law for like depositions in civil suits in the circuit court. [1979 c.202 §9; 1985 c.762 §141; 1989 c.980 §21]

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